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From Middle English digit, from Latin digitus (a fingerbreadth; a number). Doublet of digitus.


  • enPR: dĭ'jĭt, IPA(key): /ˈdɪdʒɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪdʒɪt


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-ten 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) A distinct symbol representing one of an arithmetic progression of numbers between 0 and the radix.
    Hexadecimal numeration (Base sixteen) includes the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 but also A (=10 decimal), B, C, D, E, and F. 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.
    • 1866, Richard Owen, Anatomy of Vertebrates
      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.


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

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Borrowed from Latin digitus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdidʒit/, /ˈdidʒitus/


digit (plural digitys)

  1. digit (Arabic numeral)


  • English: digit