Definition of digit in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪdʒɪt


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.
numeral, number, figure, integer; numerical symbol
rare cipher
2A finger, thumb, or toe.
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  • The researchers found that in people under the age of 25, the thumb has taken over from the index finger as the digit most frequently used.
  • A ten-month-old boy has had his legs, arm and five digits amputated after contracting meningitis in Sheffield.
  • But inside the four layers of socks and gloves, I could hardly distinguish where my digits began and my arms ended.
finger, thumb, toe; extremity
2.1 Zoology A structure equivalent to a finger or thumb 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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