digital

adjective
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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Eugenie has also given fans a way to get a taste of her royal wedding in the non-digital world. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Changed Her Instagram Profile Photo to a New Image from Her Wedding," 4 Apr. 2019 Just like Ariana Grande's recent merch drop, every single item in the limited-edition collection comes with a digital album. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here's Where You Can Shop Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami Merchandise Now," 4 Apr. 2019 Entourage includes:— 2x asst private secretaries, 3x comms staffers, digital officer, assistant, hairdresser, programme coordinator. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Arrives in Morocco Wearing the Most Stunning Valentino Cape Dress," 23 Feb. 2019 Abhijit Bose, co-founder and CEO of Indian digital payments firm Ezetap, will become head of WhatsApp India in early 2019. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 The game will once again be available on other digital platforms (including the Xbox 360) shortly, Remedy writes. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Alan Wake returns to digital storefronts after music rights snafu [Updated]," 26 Oct. 2018 Recode’s Code Commerce conference, our summit on the future of retail, digital payments and consumer brands, is back. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Code Commerce, our summit on the future of retail, is almost here. Here’s how to follow along.," 14 Sep. 2018 Keeping up with customer-service expectations in the digital age takes more than tech know-how. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Foot Locker’s Game Plan to Win Over Sneakerheads," 24 Feb. 2019 But this is more than an ode to nostalgia and romance, or a yearning for analog objects in a digital world. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "6 Reasons You Should Always Have a Paper Map," 19 Nov. 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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digital

adjective

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

digital

adjective
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

digital

adjective
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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