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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Marketers are projected to spend about $70.83 billion on TV advertising in the U.S. in 2019 and about $129.34 billion on digital advertising, according to research firm eMarketer. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Marketers Turn Up Podcast Advertising," 3 June 2019 The current Model S boasts a more complex dashboard with a fully digital gauge cluster and a vertical touchscreen that measures 17.0 inches. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The Updated Tesla Model S Could Crib Model 3 Content," 29 May 2019 Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie may soon be launching digital talk shows, according to various reports. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Might Be Getting a New Show and It Sounds Like It Will Be Amazing," 23 May 2019 The Concorde had a digital screen that showed its speed to track the plane’s ascension. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 Yesterday, unconfirmed rumors that Calvin Klein was officially ceasing their luxury ready-to-wear business swirled around the digital space. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Calvin Klein Is Moving Into the Future Without a Runway Collection—But Likely More Underwear-Clad Kardashians," 7 Mar. 2019 GitLab wasn’t only born digital, it was born online. Agam Shah, WSJ, "The Office of the Future Is No Office at All, Says Startup," 15 May 2019 But Rosaliz Jimenez, fashion and photo director at Dia & Co, a digital styling service for plus-size women, sees room for the events to improve and compares campaigns for festivals like Coachella to Fashion Week. Gianluca Russo, Glamour, "Fat People Like Music and Crop-Tops, Too. When Will Festival Fashion Catch Up?," 26 Apr. 2019 Our lives are becoming increasingly digital, so hard drives that don't fail are becoming more and more important. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Our Favorite External Hard Drive Is 60% Off Right Now," 15 Apr. 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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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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