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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the actual number can vary from single digits to hundreds, according to the SPC. Fox News, "Tornado count in May the lowest in decades after busy and deadly April," 2 June 2020 Whereas vaccines can come with a two-digit out-of-pocket price tag for most consumers, antibody therapies can cost thousands of dollars, Reingold says. Jillian Kramer, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Antibody Therapies Raise Hopes—and Skepticism," 29 May 2020 There seems to be at least one exception in Arizona, however — perhaps a predictable one, given looming triple-digit months. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix sees rise in DIY and home improvement projects," 28 May 2020 Daily digits: At least 2,044 Ohioans had died with the coronavirus by Wednesday, Laura Hancock writes. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio House wants to cut capital funding to colleges, soccer stadiums: Capitol Letter," 28 May 2020 Grocers have been a bright spot in the retail industry during the coronavirus pandemic, with sales increasing by double digits each month. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Life post-coronavirus: Some grocery store changes will be permanent," 28 May 2020 South Korea once had the world’s largest number of coronavirus cases outside mainland China, but its daily caseload has since dropped to around 10-30 and occasionally has hit single digits in recent weeks. Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "Normal life is returning to South Korea, but is it too soon?," 27 May 2020 Out west, the desert areas of California, Nevada and Arizona could see triple-digit heat. Dave Hennen, CNN, "Severe weather could put a damper on some Memorial Day activities," 25 May 2020 Few benchmarks trade at single-digit valuations; those that do are mostly frontier markets such as Colombia, Argentina and Sri Lanka. Richard Frost, Fortune, "Hong Kong stocks are trading like a frontier market," 25 May 2020

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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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4 Jun 2020

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“Digit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digit. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce digit (audio)

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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