What does digital mean?

Definitions for digitalˈdɪdʒ ɪ tl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word digital.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. digital(adj)

    displaying numbers rather than scale positions

    "digital clock"; "digital readout"

  2. digital(adj)

    relating to or performed with the fingers

    "digital examination"

  3. digital(adj)

    of a circuit or device that represents magnitudes in digits

    "digital computer"


  1. digital(a.)

    of or pertaining to digits; expressed in digits, or using digits; as, a digital display; a digital clock.

  2. digital(a.)

    (Computers) performing internal logical and arithmetic operations by means of digits, usually represented as binary numbers. Contrasted to analog, wherein variables are represented as coninuous physical quantities such as voltages or the position of a pointer on a continuous scale; as, a digital computer.

  3. Origin: [L. digitals.]


  1. digital(Adjective)

    Having to do with digits (fingers or toes); performed with a finger.

  2. digital(Adjective)

    Property of representing values as discrete numbers rather than a continuous spectrum.

  3. digital(Adjective)

    Of or relating to computers or the Computer Age.

  4. Origin: From digitalis, from digitus + -alis '-al'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Digital(adj)

    of or performance to the fingers, or to digits; done with the fingers; as, digital compression; digital examination

  2. Origin: [L. digitals.]


  1. Digital

    In information theory and information systems, digital refers to a technology that uses discrete, discontinuous representations of information or works in a discontinuous manner. This is contrasted with continuous, or analog systems which behave in a continuous manner, or represent information using a continuous function. Although digital representations are discrete, the information represented can be either discrete, such as numbers and letters or continuous, such as sounds, images, and other measurements. The word digital comes from the same source as the words digit and digitus, as fingers are often used for discrete counting. Mathematician George Stibitz of Bell Telephone Laboratories used the word digital in reference to the fast electric pulses emitted by a device designed to aim and fire anti-aircraft guns in 1942. It is most commonly used in computing and electronics, especially where real-world information is converted to binary numeric form as in digital audio and digital photography.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'digital' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4489

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'digital' in Adjectives Frequency: #615


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of digital in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of digital in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Teddy Goff:

    This is not just a digital thing.

  2. Tom Stoppard:

    The days of the digital watch are numbered.

  3. Mario Gabelli:

    It's going to be tough to get into the digital world and over-the-top.

  4. Raju Narisetti:

    India's digital demographics are a key factor in looking at this space.

  5. The Romania-born Vizer:

    The cost of $450 million to establish a digital channel seems exaggerated.

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