Definition of digit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdijit/


1Any of the numerals from 0 to 9, especially when forming part of a number.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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;
2.1 Zoology An equivalent structure at the end of the limbs of many higher vertebrates.
Example sentences
  • 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.

  • We all count on our fingers. This is how Latin digitus, ‘finger, toe’, came down to us as digit, ‘numeral’, in the late Middle Ages. Digital dates from the late 15th century, and the technical use of the word in communications arose in the mid 20th century.

Words that rhyme with digit

Bridget, fidget, widget

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Syllabification: dig·it

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