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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin digitus (a fingerbreadth; a number).

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The Egyptian hieroglyph for "digit" (ḏbꜥ, D50).

digit (plural digits)

  1. (mathematics) The whole numbers from 0 to 9 and the Arabic numerals representing them, which are combined to represent base 10 numbers.
    The number 123.4 has four digits: the hundreds digit is 1, the tens digit is 2, the units digit is 3, and the tenths digit is 4.
  2. (mathematics) Similarly fundamental numerals in other systems.
    Hexadecimal numeration (Base 16) includes the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 but also A (=10), B (=11), C (=12), D (=13), E (=14), and F (=15). Sixteen itself is written as the two-digit number 10.
  3. (units of measure, astronomy) 112 the apparent diameter of the sun or moon, (chiefly) as a measure of the totality of an eclipse.
    A six-digit eclipse covers half the lunar surface.
  4. (historical units of measure) A unit of length notionally based upon the width of an adult human finger, standardized differently in various places and times, (especially) the English digit of 116 foot (about 1.9 cm).
  5. (units of measure, obsolete) Synonym of inch.
  6. (anatomy) A narrow extremity of the human hand or foot: a finger, thumb, or toe.
  7. (zoology) Similar or similar-looking structures in other animals.
    • Owen
      The ruminants have the cloven foot, i.e. two hoofed digits on each foot.
  8. (geometry, rare, obsolete) Synonym of degree: 1360 of a circle.

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digit (third-person singular simple present digits, present participle digiting, simple past and past participle digited)

  1. (transitive) To point at or point out with the finger.

ReferencesEdit

  • "digit, n. and adj.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.