Meaning of DIGITAL in English

I. ˈdijəd. ə l, -ət ə l adjective

Etymology: Latin digitalis, from digitus + -alis -al

1. : of or relating to the fingers

digital technique of a pianist

digital grasp

or toes : digitate

2. : performed with a finger

digital examination


a. : of or relating to calculation by numerical methods or by discrete units

b. : of or relating to the representation of data by numerical digits or discrete units

• dig·i·tal·ly - ə lē, - ə li adverb

II. noun

( -s )

1. : finger

2. : a key (as of an organ) to be played by the finger

3. : the terminal joint of the pedipalpus of a spider

III. adjective

1. : providing a readout in numerical digits

a digital voltmeter

a digital clock radio


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

b. : of, relating to, or being a medium on which information (as sound) is recorded digitally

digital audiotape

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