dig·​it | \ ˈdi-jət \

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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The Wildcats lost by two to the Wolverines last month — one of only two Michigan games this season decided by single digits — but this one was no contest. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "No. 2 Michigan now 17-0 after 80-60 win over Northwestern," 13 Jan. 2019 But the front-runner was Martin Fayulu, a former oil executive who led Mr. Shadary in public opinion polls by double digits. Adam O’neal, WSJ, "The Almost-Democratic Republic of Congo," 10 Jan. 2019 The heat in the Sacramento valley could reach the triple digits over the weekend before dropping early next week, the National Weather Service said. Sarah Parvini, latimes.com, "Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend," 5 July 2018 If one of your goals is to avoid being outside with the kids during another hot Sacramento summer, some of these family friendly places just might give you something to do when those temperatures reach the triple digits this summer. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Beat the heat with these family friendly places in the capital region," 2 June 2018 The lithe outfielder reached double digits in homers three times, with a high of 15 in 2005. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Ichiro Suzuki: The last of his kind in home run era," 3 May 2018 But these loans still carry triple-digit interest rates that can devastate consumers’ finances. Tim Chen, Fortune, "Banks Should Lead the Way Out of the Payday Lending Trap," 6 June 2018 Perhaps some plutocrat with dollars to burn and dancing visions of breaking records will swoop in to fund Green and company, and the drive to reach four digits of speed will go on. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Could Someone Save the 1,000-MPH Bloodhound SSC Project?," 11 Dec. 2018 That crown goes to Chromebooks, which grew by double digits within the U.S., Gartner said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change," 11 Oct. 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 \

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 \

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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