dig·​i·​tal | \ ˈdi-jə-tᵊl How to pronounce digital (audio) \

Definition of digital

1 : of or relating to the fingers or toes digital dexterity
2 : done with a finger a digital rectal examination
3 : of, relating to, or using calculation by numerical methods or by discrete units
4 : composed of data in the form of especially binary digits digital images/photos a digital readout a digital broadcast [=a broadcast employing digital communications signals] — compare analog sense 1
5 : providing a readout in numerical digits a digital voltmeter a digital watch/clock
6 : relating to an audio recording method in which sound waves are represented digitally (as on magnetic tape) so that in the recording wow and flutter are eliminated and background noise is reduced
7 : electronic digital devices/technology also : characterized by electronic and especially computerized technology the digital age In an electronically driven work-place, managers pinpoint information overload as the inescapable downside to … life in the digital world. — David Bottoms

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Other Words from digital

digitally \ ˈdi-​jə-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce digitally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of digital in a Sentence

You can transfer digital images from your camera to your computer. a digital recording of a sound In this new digital age, computers and the Internet are part of our everyday lives.
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Recent Examples on the Web This latest tranche of Amazon jobs will be viewed with some envy from other English-speaking African countries with high youth employment and digital literacy including Nigeria and Kenya. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "Amazon has added 3,000 jobs in South Africa for Alexa and customers in US, Europe," 19 June 2020 The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) and WVU Medicine partnered with Oura to develop a digital platform designed to find COVID-19 symptoms in advance. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "NBA players can wear smart rings to detect COVID-19 symptoms when season returns," 19 June 2020 Edward Taylor, digital director in New Hampshire for NextGen America, launched an online petition in May to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Juneteenth: Will NFL, Nike, Twitter and corporate celebrations America make a difference?," 18 June 2020 Shen notes that people with higher levels of digital literacy and Photoshop experience tended to be better at spotting fakery, but the overall outlook isn’t great. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda," 17 June 2020 The Peabody Awards, founded in 1940, honor storytelling excellence in television, radio and digital media. Mary Colurso |, al, "2 movies with Alabama ties win Peabody Awards," 12 June 2020 Postponement of adulthood and the growth of the internet and digital media could be reasons for why. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Young Americans are having less sex than ever," 12 June 2020 Buying digital also means not having to deal with the shipping delays many retailers have faced lately. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A bunch of Nintendo Switch games are back on sale today," 11 June 2020 In the meantime, the company will continue offering a variety of programming on its digital platform, the TDO Network. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas Opera, Cliburn delay season starts into 2021," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of digital

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for digital

Latin digitalis

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23 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of digital

: showing the time with numbers instead of with hour and minute hands
: of or relating to information that is stored in the form of the numbers 0 and 1
: using or characterized by computer technology


dig·​i·​tal | \ ˈdi-jə-tᵊl How to pronounce digital (audio) \

Kids Definition of digital

1 : relating to or using calculation directly with digits rather than through measurable physical quantities
2 : of or relating to data in the form of numerical digits digital images digital broadcasting
3 : providing displayed or recorded information in numerical digits from an automatic device a digital watch

Other Words from digital

digitally \ -​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb


dig·​i·​tal | \ ˈdij-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce digital (audio) \

Medical Definition of digital

1 : of, relating to, or supplying one or more fingers or toes a digital branch of an artery
2 : done with a finger a digital rectal examination

Other Words from digital

digitally \ -​ē How to pronounce digitally (audio) \ adverb

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