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digital

[dij-i-tl] /ˈdɪdʒ ɪ tl/
adjective
1.
displaying a readout in numerical digits rather than by a pointer or hands on a dial: a digital speedometer;
a digital watch.
2.
of, relating to, or using numerical calculations.
3.
of, relating to, or using data in the form of numerical digits: a digital image;
digital devices.
4.
involving or using numerical digits expressed in a scale of notation, usually in the binary system, to represent discretely all variables occurring in a problem.
5.
available in electronic form; readable and manipulable by computer:
Scan these two pages so you'll have them as a digital document.
6.
pertaining to, noting, or making use of computers and computerized technologies, including the Internet: We are living in an increasingly digital world. Digital activism uses social media to achieve political reform. His blog is a great example of digital journalism.
Digital technology has revolutionized the music industry.
7.
of or relating to a digit or finger.
8.
resembling a digit or finger.
9.
manipulated with a finger or the fingertips:
a digital switch.
10.
having fingers or digitlike parts.
noun
11.
one of the keys or finger levers of keyboard instruments.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin digitālis, equivalent to digit(us) (see digit) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
digitally, adverb
interdigital, adjective
interdigitally, adverb
postdigital, adjective
predigital, adjective
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Examples from the web for digital
  • The digital revolution has transformed both the fashion industry and pop culture.
  • Researchers and students haven't stopped reading in this digital era.
  • Warier users can install a personal digital wallet on their own computers.
  • digital motion-detection cameras capture elusive wildlife.
  • In digital cameras, more pixels normally translate to better pictures.
  • Only then will he capture them in outsize photographs that he takes not with a camera but with a digital tool-a flatbed scanner.
  • Take notes with your digital camera and don't worry about the weather.
  • The publishing industry is still feeling out ways to take advantage of new digital formats.
  • Researchers are adding radio-powered sensors, drug-delivering systems and wireless digital displays to contact lenses.
  • It's fun to watch these industries reinvent themselves in the digital age.
British Dictionary definitions for digital

digital

/ˈdɪdʒɪtəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, resembling, or possessing a digit or digits
2.
performed with the fingers
3.
representing data as a series of numerical values
4.
displaying information as numbers rather than by a pointer moving over a dial: a digital voltmeter, digital read-out
5.
(electronics) responding to discrete values of input voltage and producing discrete output voltage levels, as in a logic circuit: digital circuit
6.
a less common word for digitate
noun
7.
(music) one of the keys on the manuals of an organ or on a piano, harpsichord, etc
Derived Forms
digitally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for digital
adj.

1650s, "pertaining to fingers," from Latin digitalis, from digitus (see digit). Meaning "using numerical digits" is from 1938, especially of computers after c.1945; in reference to recording or broadcasting, from 1960. Related: Digitize.

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digital in Medicine

digital dig·i·tal (dĭj'ĭ-tl)
adj.

  1. Of or resembling a finger or toe or an impression made by them.

  2. Done or performed with a finger.


dig'i·tal·ly adv.
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digital in Science
digital
  (dĭj'ĭ-tl)   
  1. Anatomy Relating to or resembling a digit, especially a finger.

  2. Computer Science Representing or operating on data or information in numerical form. A digital clock uses a series of changing digits to represent time at discrete intervals, for example, every second. Modern computers rely on digital processing techniques, in which both data and the instructions for manipulating data are represented as binary numbers. Compare analog. See also logic gate.


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digital in Technology

company
Common abbreviation for Digital Equipment Corporation.
(1995-12-18)

data
A description of data which is stored or transmitted as a sequence of discrete symbols from a finite set, most commonly this means binary data represented using electronic or electromagnetic signals.
The opposite is analogue.
(1998-10-28)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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