dig·​i·​tal | \ˈdi-jə-tᵊl \

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 \ 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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Indeed, countering that view and establishing that parity in care quality firmly in American minds may well be the key to unlocking the cost savings and convenience that the digital health revolution (seemingly) promises. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 That said, Sacramento's Broome is convinced that pushing job training opportunities to include tech skills is helpful because of the ways the digital revolution is disrupting everything from retail to distribution to farming. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon second headquarters contest jumpstarts languishing transit, education projects," 29 June 2018 The digital revolution relentlessly enables consumer products to become better, faster and cheaper. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Dishwasher Rebellion," 27 June 2018 What those devices contained was more valuable than gold or jewels: designs from an American company, Micron Technology, for microchips that have helped power the global digital revolution. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside a Heist of American Chip Designs, as China Bids for Tech Power," 22 June 2018 Very few categories are as big as this trillion dollars of spending on local services, almost completely offline with no digital revolution for how they are discovered and transacted. Carolyn Said,, "Why the robot apocalypse won’t kill all gig economy jobs," 16 June 2018 The case dragged on and was finally dropped by the Reagan Administration in 1982, by which time IBM was in deep trouble because of the digital revolution and personal computers. John Steele Gordon,, "When the GOP fought against monopolies," 14 June 2018 The digital revolution was an enormous gift to underwater photographers. National Geographic, "32 Astonishing Photos From a Career Spent Underwater," 13 June 2018 Over the years, science diplomacy has helped build common ground and peacefully manage international spaces, as well as achieve technological breakthroughs that have global relevance, from health care to the digital revolution. Paul Arthur Berkman, Scientific American, "Could Science Diplomacy Be the Key to Stabilizing International Relations?," 12 June 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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