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  • 1(of signals or data) expressed as series of the digits 0 and 1, typically represented by values of a physical quantity such as voltage or magnetic polarization.

    Often contrasted with analog

    ‘The digital signal is converted back to an analog one when it reaches its destination.’
    • ‘The receiving modem translates the analog signals back to digital form.’
    • ‘Boxes are required to translate the digital binary code back to analog signals for viewing.’
    • ‘Value has no digital output, but it has two pairs of analog channels.’
    • ‘Everyone knows the future of music is away from physical media and into digital.’
    • ‘The company will begin shipping the digital signal processor by the middle of next year, she said.’
    • ‘Most Australians, if they want to invest in the hardware, can pick up a digital signal.’
    • ‘His fascination with radio lead him to try to find a technical solution to transmitting digital information using microwaves.’
    • ‘In the flood of digital information there are real reasons for what may be described as an increase in capacity and a decrease in content.’
    • ‘I do not think for one minute that my taking this action will have any effect on our digital signal strength.’
    • ‘A digital signal would not occupy too much space, so this could in fact be pretty good.’
    • ‘This is the problem I have with most personal digital assistants and cell phones that do video.’
    • ‘Students are to gather digital information with cameras and laptops on visits to waste management sites in the district.’
    • ‘Standard batteries can power digital cellphones for several hours of transmission or days of standby operation.’
    • ‘We are also focusing on linking the mobile handset to control digital appliances in the home.’
    • ‘The acronyms represent some of the common file formats of digital music found on the Internet.’
    • ‘It can play current digital video cassette tapes for format compatibility with older models.’
    • ‘We then picked out a new digital cordless, with an extra handset, and paid just £25 for it.’
    • ‘A digital sound system will provide a thrilling accompaniment to the show.’
    • ‘Cellphones and personal digital assistants contain hazardous materials too.’
    1. 1.1Relating to, using, or storing data or information in the form of digital signals.
      ‘digital TV’
      • ‘a digital recording’
    2. 1.2Involving or relating to the use of computer technology.
      ‘the digital revolution’
      • ‘On top of this, this whole situation elevates the issue of computer security and thus Internet technology and the digital world.’
      • ‘With technologies merging and the digital revolution moving in, a closer look at movie-making seems timely.’
      • ‘Readers have remarked before how some digital technology mavens merely acquire, and never seem to listen to what they hoard.’
      • ‘There is renewed optimism about the potential of the Internet and digital technologies.’
      • ‘Many of our everyday practices involve the appropriation of digital technologies.’
      • ‘While the book long bound these together, digital technologies are picking at the seams.’
      • ‘He said that there had been a proliferation, matching the speed of the digital revolution, of conflict in the virtual space.’
      • ‘Talking to accountants and money-hungry businessmen every day has taken the edge off the digital revolution.’
      • ‘The media establishment is still having trouble coming to terms with the digital revolution.’
      • ‘Sport will change along with this and will be modified by the introduction of digital technology and the Internet.’
      • ‘The second aspect is the nature of digital technology and the Internet.’
      • ‘They eagerly welcome new opportunities that are provided by digital technology and the internet.’
      • ‘This, it could be argued, is a good example of how the internet and digital world is educating all of us.’
  • 2(of a clock or watch) showing the time by means of displayed digits rather than hands or a pointer.

    ‘Is it coincidence that our generation is infatuated with digital watches and clocks?’
    • ‘I sink down in my seat, and watch the digital clock on the dashboard count away.’
    • ‘They were betting on the temperature displayed on a digital clock across Liberty Street.’
    • ‘Hell, when compared to clam digging, watching the numbers change on a digital clock is fun.’
    • ‘He checked his watch and blinked twice when the green digital clock told him it was half past eleven.’
    • ‘I watch the minutes change on the digital clock on the nightstand next to my side of the bed.’
    • ‘I wouldn't have a digital clock in the house and I have never owned a digital watch.’
    • ‘Friday night came and in the absence of a digital watch I synchronised my mobile phone clock.’
    • ‘She glanced at the small digital clock readout on her wrist before getting back to her feet.’
    • ‘A five-hundred piece jigsaw puzzle and a digital clock radio are good finds for a dollar store.’
    • ‘I glanced at my digital clock radio on my nightstand and decided I had a little over five hours to get ready before we had to leave.’
    • ‘Before the digital stopwatch, when you timed something, you had to do it on a wacky round device that ticked and was just as hard to read as a wall clock.’
    • ‘After that was done, I glanced at the digital clock on the microwave and headed up for a quick shower.’
    • ‘A text that described how to set a digital clock was used as a practice text.’
    • ‘After shooting a glance at the digital clock on her nightstand she saw that her friend was indeed right.’
    • ‘My eyes were glued to the digital clock in the family room.’
    • ‘The digital clock near my bedside read ten o'clock, ushering in my time to leave for school.’
    • ‘I see it as folks who prefer digital watches, and don't find anything else to their liking.’
    • ‘At that moment the TV clock appeared on the screen once more, corrected, but not exactly in accord with the digital clock.’
    • ‘However, it turned out that digital watches needed two hands as well - one to wear them on and one to press the button to find out what the time was.’
  • 3Relating to a finger or fingers.

    ‘The saphenous sometimes provides the medial dorsal digital nerve to the great toe.’
    • ‘Fifteen percent of colorectal cancers can be detected by digital rectal examination.’
    • ‘Biopsy rates reflect the intensity of screening with digital rectal examinations as well as prostate specific antigen.’
    • ‘The difficulty with digital examination of the cervix is the lack of consistency between examinations and examiners.’
    • ‘A digital rectal exam should be performed to determine the presence of a distal lesion.’
    • ‘In males, the prostate should be palpated in addition to digital assessment of the anal canal.’
    • ‘Enlargement of the prostate can be diagnosed by the symptoms and digital rectal examination.’
    • ‘In a truly thorough palpation, you should do a digital examination in both positions.’
    • ‘Avoid digital exams if possible unless patient is in labor and delivery is inevitable.’
    • ‘Assessment should include anoscopy and a digital examination in the left lateral position.’
    • ‘The leg is mottled and digital gangrene is common, but pedal pulses are usually palpable.’
    • ‘But it can be recognised early by periodic blood tests and digital rectal examinations.’



/ˈdijidl/ /ˈdɪdʒɪdl/


Late 15th century from Latin digitalis, from digitus ‘finger, toe’.