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 : of, relating to, or being data in the form of especially binary digits digital images a digital readout; especially : of, relating to, or employing digital communications signals a digital broadcast — compare analog 2
5 : providing a readout in numerical digits a digital voltmeter
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; also : characterized by electronic and especially computerized technology
digitallyplay \-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.
Recent Examples of digital from the Web
The Illinois Records Act requires all records, including digital material, created or received by public officials to be retained, though some exemptions do exist.
GBTC’s premium surged as investors who can’t buy digital currencies flooded the fund as bitcoin climbed to new records.
The hype around blockchain technology is turning ICOs into the next digital gold rush:
The Times registered a net gain of 308,000 digital-only subscriptions in the most recent quarter, the largest number for any quarter in its history.
Merkel spoke to reporters Tuesday following a meeting between her Cabinet and the government of India that resulted in cooperation agreements covering digital policy, development and education.
Rich Boy's album did fairly well, considering its release at the dawn of digital music's restructuring of the album sales industry.
A key priority for the next version is making the data more easily accessible to the way most people find information — search engines and talking digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa.
David Ely, San Diego State University YES: NAFTA was established over 20 years ago, so it should be renegotiated to at least incorporate provisions on the digital economy and other emerging sectors.
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Origin and Etymology of digital
First Known Use: 15th century
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
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
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