Definition of digit in English:


Syllabification: dig·it
Pronunciation: /ˈdijit


  • 1Any of the numerals from 0 to 9, especially when forming part of a number.
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    • This invention was the decimal system of numerals - nine digits and a zero.
    • The petrol stations claimed their manual display signs had only space for three digits, two digits before the decimal point and one digit after.
    • But it was also well ahead of many hospitals, some of whom had no cases or figures in single digits.
  • 2A finger (including the thumb) or toe.
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    • There are up to 17 phalanges (finger bones) in each digit.
    • Specialists say the thumb - considered by many as an island because it is set apart from the other fingers - is among the least dexterous digit and is not meant to be rigorously worked out.
    • This guy's got his finger in so many pies that said digit should be permanently blueberried.
    finger, thumb, toe; extremity
  • 2.1 Zoology An equivalent structure at the end of the limbs of many higher vertebrates.
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    • All adult plethodontids have four limbs, with four digits on the forelimbs.
    • Acanthostega had limbs and eight digits on each hand and foot, and also had fish characteristics like gills, fins, and sensory organs that only worked underwater.
    • The oldest tetrapods had seven or eight digits on each limb; the ancestral pattern for living tetrapods is five digits on each limb (such as the five fingers and toes of humans).


late Middle English: from Latin digitus 'finger, toe'; sense 1 arose from the practice of counting on the fingers.

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