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1Any of the numerals from 0 to 9, especially when forming part of a number.
‘So, although it's a practical way to test integers smaller than 10 billion, which have nine digits, it fails miserably for integers of 25 digits or more.’
‘But it was also well ahead of many hospitals, some of whom had no cases or figures in single digits.’
‘It's actually, the critical fingers seem to be digit two and digit four and the ratio of the lengths of those digits around the central digit.’
‘But in Russia, the figure hovered in single digits - between two and six per cent.’
‘Other researchers have contrasted number words, digits, dot patterns, or Roman numerals.’
‘Notice that the floating-point versions have a single digit, a decimal point, then the rest of the significant digits.’
‘In maths they should be able to multiply two digits by two digits, read graphs as well as working with percentages and fractions.’
‘As of February 1, they should be written by a whole number and two digits after the decimal sign.’
‘When the race time mnemonic could not apply, he used other techniques, such as interpretation of 3 digits as ages (with one decimal point).’
‘All local numbers in the affected areas will get two extra digits changing them from five digit numbers into seven digit numbers.’
‘In the articulatory suppression condition, the subjects recalled significantly fewer digits than in the listening condition.’
‘Most of us would put the figure in a single digit in each metro.’
‘The final two digits signify the year in which the wine was tested and the number immediately before this one is the number of the particular bottling in that year.’
‘The petrol stations claimed their manual display signs had only space for three digits, two digits before the decimal point and one digit after.’
‘It must be some model if it can produce forecasts to four significant digits.’
‘This invention was the decimal system of numerals - nine digits and a zero.’
‘Then I'm asked for the first and fourth digits of my five digit passcode.’
‘Sure, it's possible to show two significant digits based on the data you collected, but is it really reliable?’
‘In a decimal number, the actual value represented by a digit in that number is determined by the numeral and the position of the numeral within the number.’
‘Integers have no digits to the right of the decimal point.’
‘The severed digit was wrapped in cling film by the little girl's concerned mum, and is currently in a freezer at Fulford Road police station.’
‘To combat any potential misfortune, they stick out the second and fifth digits of one hand and touch their genitals with the outstretched fingertips.’
‘Unlike other primates, the human foot is not prehensile - that is, not able to grasp objects with the aid of an opposed first digit like the thumb.’
‘But inside the four layers of socks and gloves, I could hardly distinguish where my digits began and my arms ended.’
‘The similar treatment of limbs and digits is also evident in the hands of The Lover.’
‘Extortion, drug peddling, protection rackets… you name it, these men have got their nasty, fat little digits well dug in - right up to the knuckles!’
‘A pensioner sparked a murder hunt after he severed his finger with a powersaw, sending the digit flying into the garden of a neighbour who believed it was evidence of a grisly crime.’
‘He was doing something much less drastic than severing a digit or limb, but still painful.’
‘There are up to 17 phalanges (finger bones) in each digit.’
‘Fingers spread over her thighs, each digit gave off a bright, fiery glow.’
‘The subject possessed two arms with a hand on each that consisted of two identical digits roughly the same size as a human index finger and a central major digit approximately as large as corncob.’
‘It spread to his hands as he felt them remold, his fifth digits being restored to thumbs as the rest of his digits were restored to fingers.’
‘A ten-month-old boy has had his legs, arm and five digits amputated after contracting meningitis in Sheffield.’
‘This guy's got his finger in so many pies that said digit should be permanently blueberried.’
‘At the nearby convenience store, we applied cold cervesas to our swollen digits and limbs.’
‘We could hope that only one or two fingers would fall off with the snare and some functioning digits would remain.’
‘Predominant locations of ulcer occurrence are the submetatarsal areas, distal digits, and medial fifth digit.’
‘It was a clenched fist of triumph, rather than the rigid digit, which he raised at the end of a night where his embattled, nervous side scraped through as a result of his single magnificent contribution to the game.’
‘Factors as diverse as skeletal muscle pathology and sucking a digit (thumb or finger) can substantially influence the growth of the face and dentition.’
‘Specialists say the thumb - considered by many as an island because it is set apart from the other fingers - is among the least dexterous digit and is not meant to be rigorously worked out.’
‘It resulted in a cinema that jerks two fingers up at the mainstream and, at the same time, demonstrates a determination to jerk a single, rude digit up the backside of independent cinema.’
‘You know that bit when he flies inverted above the enemy MiG and gives him the middle digit?’
‘The most commonly affected digits are the thumb and index finger.’
‘The researchers found that in people under the age of 25, the thumb has taken over from the index finger as the digit most frequently used.’
2.1Zoology An equivalent structure at the end of the limbs of many higher vertebrates.
‘The oldest tetrapods had seven or eight digits on each limb; the ancestral pattern for living tetrapods is five digits on each limb (such as the five fingers and toes of humans).’
‘The first digit, or dew claw, is rudimentary but clawed and does not contact the ground.’
‘Yet the bizarre Mononykus had tiny forelimbs with a single digit and was obviously flightless.’
‘Acanthostega had limbs and eight digits on each hand and foot, and also had fish characteristics like gills, fins, and sensory organs that only worked underwater.’
‘All adult plethodontids have four limbs, with four digits on the forelimbs.’
Origin
Late Middle English: from Latin digitus ‘finger, toe’; digit (sense 1) arose from the practice of counting on the fingers.