Definition of digital in English:



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

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

    • ‘Biopsy rates reflect the intensity of screening with digital rectal examinations as well as prostate specific antigen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Assessment should include anoscopy and a digital examination in the left lateral position.’
    • ‘The saphenous sometimes provides the medial dorsal digital nerve to the great toe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A digital rectal exam should be performed to determine the presence of a distal lesion.’
    • ‘Fifteen percent of colorectal cancers can be detected by digital rectal examination.’
    • ‘The difficulty with digital examination of the cervix is the lack of consistency between examinations and examiners.’
    • ‘Avoid digital exams if possible unless patient is in labor and delivery is inevitable.’
    • ‘In males, the prostate should be palpated in addition to digital assessment of the anal canal.’


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