digits

digit

[dij-it]
noun
1.
a finger or toe.
2.
the breadth of a finger used as a unit of linear measure, usually equal to 3/4 inch (2 cm).
3.
any of the Arabic figures of 1 through 9 and 0.
4.
any of the symbols of other number systems, as 0 or 1 in the binary.
5.
index ( def 6 ).
6.
Astronomy. the twelfth part of the sun's or moon's diameter: used to express the magnitude of an eclipse.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin digitus finger, toe

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digit (ˈdɪdʒɪt)
 
n
1.  a finger or toe
2.  Also called: figure any of the ten Arabic numerals from 0 to 9
3.  another name for finger
4.  astronomy one twelfth of the diameter of the sun or moon, used to express the magnitude of an eclipse
 
[C15: from Latin digitus toe, finger]

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digit
late 14c., from L. digitus "finger or toe," related to dicere "tell, say, point out" (see diction). Numerical sense is because numerals under ten were counted on fingers.
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digit dig·it (dĭj'ĭt)
n.
A finger or toe; dactyl.

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digit   (dĭj'ĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Anatomy A jointed body part at the end of the limbs of many vertebrates. The limbs of primates end in five digits, while the limbs of horses end in a single digit that terminates in a hoof. The fingers and toes are digits in humans.

  2. Mathematics One of the ten Arabic numerals, 0 through 9.


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