digit

noun
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 plural, 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Playing without their two best players — Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic — the Bulls took their first double-digit lead on Thaddeus Young’s tip shot in the first minute of the third quarter. George Henry, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bulls lose 108-97 to Atlanta Hawks without their 2 best players as Nikola Vučević becomes a late scratch and Zach LaVine remains out," 2 May 2021 Playing without their two best players — Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic — the Bulls took their first double-digit lead on Thaddeus Young's tip shot in the first minute of the third quarter. George Henry, Star Tribune, "Young scores 33, Capela has double-double, Hawks beat Bulls," 1 May 2021 The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second quarter and led 77-60 at the half on 66% shooting. Rich Rovito, ajc, "Bucks start out strong, defeat 76ers 124-117," 23 Apr. 2021 That 8-2 Golden State burst flipped a four-point game into a double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Isaac Okoro undaunted after defending gauntlet of NBA stars, including Stephen Curry," 16 Apr. 2021 Baylor went on a 16-3 run to take a double-digit lead and never let up. Joseph Duarte, San Antonio Express-News, "Baylor crushes Houston in one-sided battle of Texas," 3 Apr. 2021 Butler's 3-pointer gave the Bears a double-digit lead with 10:49 to go and, accept for a Sasser 3-pointer, kept a double-figure edge the rest of the way. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "Final Four: Baylor earns a spot in its first March Madness national championship game," 3 Apr. 2021 Arizona maintained a double digit lead much of the game. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Final Four newcomer Arizona surged past UConn to reach first championship game," 2 Apr. 2021 The Gamecocks had a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter, and brushed aside any attempt by Texas to rally. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "South Carolina routs Texas 62-34 to reach women's Final Four," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of digit was in the 14th century

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6 May 2021

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“Digit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digit. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for digit

digit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of digit

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

digit

noun
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

digit

noun
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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