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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The entire July/August 2018 issue of The New Republic is available on newsstands and via digital subscription now. Press Release, The New Republic, "The New Republic July/August Issue: Good Cops," 21 June 2018 The company will invest about $18 million at the facility to support its e-commerce and digital services. Melissa Reinert,, "Kroger invests more money, staff into NKY distribution center," 9 July 2018 The group is spending $1.4 million in national cable and digital ads in Indiana and three other states. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018 As Lanier acknowledges, the tendency of digital media to promote emotionalism, diminish thoughtfulness and undermine civil discourse was already in evidence when people first began conversing online in the 1970s, long before the ads showed up. Nicholas Carr,, "Is Facebook the problem with Facebook, or is it us?," 10 July 2018 The Judicial Crisis Network also has a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable, digital and in four states represented by red state Democrats. NBC News, "GOP senators applaud Trump's SCOTUS pick as Democrats push back," 10 July 2018 The business climate in digital media also has been punishing, as tech giants Google and Facebook Inc. vacuum up ad dollars and leave other publishers fighting for what’s left. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Univision Eyes Sale of Fusion Media Group," 6 July 2018 Her research interests include contentious politics, digital media and the diffusion of ideas. Julia Rone, Washington Post, "Bulgaria’s turn to lead the Council of the European Union just ended. How did things go?," 5 July 2018 Emma Vigeland, a correspondent for the progressive digital media outlet The Young Turks, tells TIME. Nash Jenkins, Time, "How Democrats in Congress Responded to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Surprise Win," 29 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 \ \ adverb

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to reject or criticize sharply

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