adjective dig·i·tal \ ˈdi-jə-tᵊl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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 2
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


play \ˈdi-jə-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of digital in a Sentence

  1. You can transfer digital images from your camera to your computer.

  2. a digital recording of a sound

  3. In this new digital age, computers and the Internet are part of our everyday lives.

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Origin and Etymology of digital

Latin digitalis

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DIGITAL Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of digital for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


adjective dig·i·tal \ ˈdi-jə-tᵊl \

Definition of digital for Students

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


\-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary


adjective 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


play \\ adverb

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