digit

play
noun dig·it \ˈdi-jət\

Definition of digit

  1. 1a :  any of the Arabic numerals 1 to 9 and usually the symbol 0b :  one of the elements that combine to form numbers in a system other than the decimal system

  2. 2 :  a unit of length based on the breadth of a finger and equal in English measure to 34 inch

  3. 3 :  any of the divisions in which the limbs of most vertebrates terminate, which are typically five in number but may be reduced (as in the horse), and which typically have a series of phalanges bearing a nail, claw, or hoof at the tip — compare finger 1, toe 1a

Examples of digit in a Sentence

  1. a three-digit number like 507

  2. She suffered several broken digits.

Recent Examples of digit from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'digit'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of digit

Middle English, from Latin digitus finger, toe; perhaps akin to Greek deiknynai to show — more at diction

Other Number-Related Terms



DIGIT Defined for English Language Learners

digit

play
noun

Definition of digit for English Language Learners

  • : a written symbol for any of the numbers 0 to 9

  • : a finger or toe


DIGIT Defined for Kids

digit

play
noun dig·it \ˈdi-jət\

Definition of digit for Students

  1. 1 :  any of the numerals 1 to 9 and the symbol 0

  2. 2 :  a finger or toe


Medical Dictionary

digit

play
noun dig·it \ˈdij-ət\

Medical Definition of digit

  1. :  any of the divisions (as a finger or toe) in which the limbs of amphibians and all higher vertebrates including humans terminate, which are typically five in number but may be reduced (as in the horse), and which typically have a series of phalanges bearing a nail, claw, or hoof at the tip



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up digit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the weight of a container

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!