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 digital (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 The sale represented the third-highest amount ever paid to a living artist -- digital or otherwise -- behind only Jeff Koons and David Hockney. Michael Dobuski, ABC News, "NFTs spark debate over digital value, environmental impact," 10 Apr. 2021 On the downside, the zoom capabilities are digital, not optical. Kevin Juhasz,, "What is the best Logitech webcam?," 10 Apr. 2021 Digital vaults allow their owners to organize traditional and digital accounts and set controls over who has access, which can minimize the chance of lost, unclaimed or stolen assets in the event of disability or death. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "An Online Place to Store Information for Your Heirs," 9 Apr. 2021 But the new packages are longer-term, aiming to build modern post-pandemic economies with an emphasis on digital and low-carbon initiatives. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Move over, markets. Big government is back.," 8 Apr. 2021 Print and digital subscribers are invited to the screening of the premiere episode, which will take place tonight at 6. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: ‘An educational pandemic’ for English learners in California schools," 8 Apr. 2021 The Long Halloween — Part One will be released on digital and Blu-Ray on June 22, 2021. Christian Holub,, "Watch Jensen Ackles and Naya Rivera banter in new trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween animated movie," 8 Apr. 2021 The state hasn’t been very clear about where, and for how long, we might be required to show a vaccine passport — digital or physical. Washington Post, "We tested the first state ‘vaccine passport’ at Yankee Stadium. It’s not quite a home run.," 8 Apr. 2021 The possibility that the Oregon Legislature could vote on such a plan has attracted national political spending for and against it, most visibly in the form of digital and print ads paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. oregonlive, "Oregon prescription drug price control proposal would put the state out front, as legislatures nationally look to tackle costs," 7 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Digital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 digital (audio) \ adverb

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