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English

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin digitālis, from digitus (finger, toe) + -alis (-al).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈdɪd͡ʒɪtəɫ]
  • (file)

Adjective

digital (not comparable)

  1. Having to do with digits (fingers or toes); performed with a finger.
  2. Property of representing values as discrete, usually binary, numbers rather than a continuous spectrum.
    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, in American Scientist:
      Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. [] A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that. Developed as a tool to electronically combine the sharpest bits of multiple digital images, focus stacking is a boon to biologists seeking full focus on a micron scale.
    digital computer;  digital clock
  3. Of or relating to computers or the Information Age.
    Digital payment systems are replacing cash transactions.

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Descendants

  • Thai: ดิจิทัล

Noun

digital (countable and uncountable, plural digitals)

  1. (finance) A digital option.
  2. (uncountable) Digital equipment or technology.
    He moved to digital for the first time, using a Sony camera.

Catalan

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin digitālis. Doublet of didal, which was inherited.

Adjective

digital (masculine and feminine plural digitals)

  1. digital

French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin digitālis. Doublet of .

Pronunciation

Adjective

digital (feminine singular digitale, masculine plural digitaux, feminine plural digitales)

  1. of or pertaining to fingers or toes
  2. digital

Usage notes

digital is occasionally used in French to describe display devices such as TV screens. Its use for other purposes is often criticised, because this use derives from English, and because digital more commonly has the first meaning above. See also numérique

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German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /diɡiˈtaːl/
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aːl

Adjective

digital (not comparable)

  1. (computing) digital
  2. (medicine) digital

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Norman

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin digitālis, from digitus (finger, toe) + -ālis (-al).

Adjective

digital m

  1. (Jersey) digital

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Latin digitalis, via English digital.

Adjective

digital (neuter singular digitalt, definite singular and plural digitale)

  1. digital

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin digitalis, via English digital

Adjective

digital (neuter singular digitalt, definite singular and plural digitale)

  1. digital

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Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin digitālis. Doublet of dedal, which was inherited.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /di.ʒi.ˈtaɫ/
  • Hyphenation: di‧gi‧tal

Adjective

digital m, f (plural digitais, comparable)

  1. digital; having to do with the fingers or toes
  2. dealing with discrete values rather than a continuous spectrum of values
  3. dealing with the display of numerical values

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French digital.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /di.d͡ʒiˈtal/

Adjective

digital m, n (feminine singular digitală, masculine plural digitali, feminine and neuter plural digitale)

  1. digital (having to do with fingers or toes)
  2. digital (dealing with discrete values rather than a continuous spectrum of values)

Declension


Spanish

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin digitālis. Doublet of dedal, which was inherited.

Adjective

digital (plural digitales)

  1. digital; having to do with the fingers or toes
  2. dealing with discrete values rather than a continuous spectrum of values
  3. dealing with the display of numerical values

Noun

digital f (plural digitales)

  1. foxglove (plant, flower)

Swedish

Etymology

From Latin digitālis, via English digital.

Adjective

digital (not comparable)

  1. digital; in (or using) digital (and electronic) form

Declension

Inflection of digital
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular digital
Neuter singular digitalt
Plural digitala
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 digitale
All digitala
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

Usage notes

  • Circa 2010, the word took on a wider definition, meaning electronic, modern, or binary (having only two values); digitalisering (digitization) started to being used not only of signals, information and documents (e.g. digitizing books or patient's journals), but also about enterprises, as a synonym to automation, computerization (e.g. digitizing libraries and hospitals).

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