dig·​it | \ ˈdi-jət How to pronounce digit (audio) \

Definition of digit

1a : any of the Arabic numerals 1 to 9 and usually the symbol 0
b : one of the elements that combine to form numbers in a system other than the decimal system
c digits, slang : the digits of a telephone number At the end of the meal, the pair discussed wanting to see the Dupont Underground art exhibit, and that's when Scott smoothly asked for her digits and said they should go.— Vijai Nathan
2 : a unit of length based on the breadth of a finger and equal in English measure to 3/4 inch
3 : any of the divisions in which the limbs of most vertebrates terminate, which are typically five in number but may be reduced (as in the horse), and which typically have a series of phalanges bearing a nail, claw, or hoof at the tip — compare finger sense 1, toe sense 1a

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Examples of digit in a Sentence

a three-digit number like 507 She suffered several broken digits.

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Five years ago, federal cuts and a military drawdown led to double-digit declines in enrollment, subsequent budget reductions and layoffs. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "‘UMUC is not like everybody else’: Tensions flare over school’s direction," 16 June 2019 Golden State was 0-3 at home against Toronto this season, losing all three games by double digits. Fox News, "Iranian vessel removed mine from damaged oil tanker, US officials say," 14 June 2019 The central bank’s data also show double-digit declines in GDP for every quarter since the end of 2015. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Venezuela has finally admitted to the awful state of its economy," 1 June 2019 Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for Toronto, which gave up the game’s first nine points, never led and trailed by double digits for the final 39 minutes. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Halfway: Bucks top Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 East finals lead," 18 May 2019 One of the largest private office buildings in the country, 55 Water has given double-digit returns most years since then. New York Times, "Some Pension Funds Profit From New York Real Estate. Why Don’t the City’s?," 6 June 2018 But now institutional funds, which woo wealthy investors with promises of double-digit returns, are dipping their toes in the water, too. David Hunn, Houston Chronicle, "Who’s buying Harvey-flooded homes in Houston? Mostly investors," 10 May 2018 Fifteen hundred people endured triple-digit Arizona heat Wednesday and waited in long lines outside the Arizona Capitol to attend a public viewing honoring the late Sen. John McCain. Fox News, "1,500 line up in Arizona heat to pay respects to John McCain," 29 Aug. 2018 Max Q gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 15 can hit triple digits and reach the 144 fps target as well, but not as consistently as the Chimera can. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Chimera G703GI review: bigger, better, more compromise," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of digit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for digit

Middle English, from Latin digitus finger, toe; perhaps akin to Greek deiknynai to show — more at diction

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English Language Learners Definition of digit

: a written symbol for any of the numbers 0 to 9
: a finger or toe


dig·​it | \ ˈdi-jət How to pronounce digit (audio) \

Kids Definition of digit

1 : any of the numerals 1 to 9 and the symbol 0
2 : a finger or toe


dig·​it | \ ˈdij-ət How to pronounce digit (audio) \

Medical Definition of digit

: any of the divisions (as a finger or toe) in which the limbs of amphibians and all higher vertebrates including humans terminate, which are typically five in number but may be reduced (as in the horse), and which typically have a series of phalanges bearing a nail, claw, or hoof at the tip

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