displaying a readout in numerical digits rather than by a pointer or hands on a dial: a digital speedometer;
a digital watch.
of, pertaining to, or using numerical calculations.
of, pertaining to, or using data in the form of numerical digits: a digital image;
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.
available in electronic form; readable and manipulable by computer:
Scan these two pages so you'll have them as a digital document.
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.
of or pertaining to a digit or finger.
resembling a digit or finger.
manipulated with a finger or the fingertips:
a digital switch.
having fingers or digitlike parts.
one of the keys or finger levers of keyboard instruments.
1650s, "pertaining to fingers," from L. 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.
Anatomy Relating to or resembling a digit, especially a finger.
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.