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 Chris Sims is a digital sports producer at IndyStar. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Former Carmel baseball standout signs minor league deal with Tampa Bay Rays," 14 Jan. 2020 On this week’s podcast, The Awardist hosts — EW digital director Shana Naomi Krochmal and EW editor and awards expert David Canfield — are joined by EW editor in chief JD Heyman and EW writer and awards expert Joey Nolfi. Lauren Huff,, "The Awardist podcast: What should we make of this year's Oscar nominations?," 14 Jan. 2020 Broadway in Portland has announced a digital lottery for $25 tickets before each performance of the tour Jan. 28-Feb. 8, 2020, at the Keller Auditorium. oregonlive, "‘Dear Evan Hansen’ announces $25 ticket lottery for upcoming shows," 14 Jan. 2020 Paris Musées will stage digital exhibitions on its website to help users discover the open access works. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Now Download Images of 100,000 Artworks From Prominent Paris Museums’ Collections," 14 Jan. 2020 Just over 60% of those were consumed on streaming and digital services. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "UK Streaming Sales Cross £1B for First Time," 2 Jan. 2020 Reliance Industries has unveiled a sweeping plan to create a $24 billion digital-services holding firm, and also vowed listings of the new businesses within five years. P R Sanjai / Bloomberg, Time, "Asia's Richest Man Unveils Online Shopping Platform to Challenge Amazon in India," 31 Dec. 2019 Comcast’s bills are going up, and that means many customers of its Xfinity digital cable service will be receiving higher bills, too. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Coloradans will see their Comcast cable bills rise next year thanks to this fee change," 17 Dec. 2019 Pahwa also co-founded the Internet Freedom Foundation, which focuses on advocacy for digital rights in India. Quartz, Quartz India, "Meet the Quartz India Pros!," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digital.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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