dig·​it | \ ˈdi-jət How to pronounce digit (audio) \

Definition of digit

1a : any of the Arabic numerals 1 to 9 and usually the symbol 0
b : one of the elements that combine to form numbers in a system other than the decimal system
c digits, slang : the digits of a telephone number At the end of the meal, the pair discussed wanting to see the Dupont Underground art exhibit, and that's when Scott smoothly asked for her digits and said they should go.— Vijai Nathan
2 : a unit of length based on the breadth of a finger and equal in English measure to 3/4 inch
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 sense 1, toe sense 1a

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Examples of digit in a Sentence

a three-digit number like 507 She suffered several broken digits.

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Contracts are typically laced with incentives, for anything from road victories to double-digit rebounds. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 Enter the digits 7-1-0 into your phone’s calculator app, then turn it upside down. Stepfanie Romine, azcentral, "Celebrating ‘710’? Learn more about what Sky Dispensaries has to offer," 27 June 2019 Two flipper-like appendages turn into hands as the cells between the fingers die off, separating the digits. Globe Correspondent, BostonGlobe.com, "Lewis Hyde’s new book reconsiders the role of forgetting," 26 June 2019 Pingatoree reached his 1,000th win in 2017, becoming the 15th boys coach in the United States to have more than triple digits in wins, according to the National Federation of High Schools. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Gene Pingatore, the winningest boys basketball coach in Illinois history, dies at 83," 26 June 2019 No other Democratic candidate but him has such a sophisticated organization and support network in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina but is mired closer to zero than double digits in most every early nominating state. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Is Cory Booker Too Nice? (And Is That Bad?)," 25 June 2019 In spite of extreme efforts by governments to backstop banks and restore financial markets, the recession created double digit unemployment. Bill George, Fortune, "Why the Era of Free Trade May Be Coming to an End," 25 June 2019 Instagram will then send a six-digit code that’ll allow them to regain access. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Instagram begins testing new procedures to help users regain access to hacked accounts," 17 June 2019 In our study, the extra digits have been trained in the subjects since birth. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows There Are Surprising Benefits to Having an Extra Finger," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of digit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for digit

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

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English Language Learners Definition of digit

: a written symbol for any of the numbers 0 to 9
: a finger or toe


dig·​it | \ ˈdi-jət How to pronounce digit (audio) \

Kids Definition of digit

1 : any of the numerals 1 to 9 and the symbol 0
2 : a finger or toe


dig·​it | \ ˈdij-ət How to pronounce digit (audio) \

Medical Definition of digit

: 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

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