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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Recent Examples on the Web The whole world is digital, including cellphones and the Internet, all of which came from the federal government. Fox News, "DOE Undersecretary for Science talks investing in Antarctica, national lab system and more: Q&A," 11 Feb. 2020 The Times announced its first-ever price hike this week for its digital subscription service. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "New York Times added more than 1 million digital subscribers in 2019," 6 Feb. 2020 In the last five years, Macy’s has struggled to compete and grow in an increasingly digital age in retail. Randy Tucker, Alex Coolidge & Deon J. Hampton,, "Macy’s closing Cincinnati headquarters downtown," 4 Feb. 2020 In years gone by, many sought autographs; in the digital age, selfies are snapped and posted. Deborah Martin,, "San Antonio theater fans share stage-door encounters with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth and more," 3 Feb. 2020 The most obvious way digital financial services harm poor people is by laying them more open to fraud. The Economist, "Poverty and privacy How digital financial services can prey upon the poor," 30 Jan. 2020 That restructuring included the departure of its former digital marketing services chief. Dallas News, "Dallas Morning News parent company continues work on financial restatements," 28 Jan. 2020 Whatever happens, this controversy can serve as a lesson about the profound challenges of building relationships and instituting organizational change in the digital age. Christine Larson, The Conversation, "If the Romance Writers of America can implode over racism, no group is safe," 22 Jan. 2020 The Trump administration had proposed the new tariffs in retaliation for the French imposing a digital services tax on U.S. technology companies. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Proposed 100% tariff on European wines put on hold for now," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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 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


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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