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Borrowing from Latin digitus(a finger or toe).



digit ‎(plural digits)

  1. A finger or toe.
    • Owen
      The ruminants have the cloven foot, i.e. two hoofed digits on each foot.
  2. A numeral that can be combined with others to write larger numbers, and that cannot itself be split into other numerals.
    The digits of the decimal number system are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, and those in the hexadecimal number system are those in the decimal system along with A, B, C, D, E and F.
    The number 2307 has four digits: the thousands digit is 2; the hundreds digit is 3; the tens digit is 0; and the units digit is 7.
  3. (slang, in the plural) One's phone number.
    That girl likes me — she gave me her digits.
  4. (archaic) A finger's breadth, commonly estimated to be three quarters of an inch.
  5. (astronomy) A twelfth of the diameter of the Sun or Moon; used to express the quantity of an eclipse.
    An eclipse of eight digits is one which hides two thirds of the diameter of the disk.


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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.