Meaning of DIGITAL in English


Pronunciation: ' di-j ə -t ə l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin digitalis

Date: circa 1656

1 : of or relating to the fingers or toes < digital dexterity>

2 : done with a finger <a digital rectal examination>

3 : of, relating to, or using calculation by numerical methods or by discrete units

4 : of, relating to, or being data in the form of especially binary digits < digital images> <a digital readout> especially : of, relating to, or employing digital communications signals <a digital broadcast> ― compare ANALOG 2

5 : providing a readout in numerical digits <a digital voltmeter>

6 : relating to an audio recording method in which sound waves are represented digitally (as on magnetic tape) so that in the recording wow and flutter are eliminated and background noise is reduced

7 : ELECTRONIC < digital devices> also : characterized by electronic and especially computerized technology <the digital age>

– dig · i · tal · ly \ -t ə l- ē \ adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.