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Digit


/ˈdijit/

Noun, pl. digits

1. (Science: Zoology)
One of the terminal divisions of a limb appendage; a finger or toe. The ruminants have the cloven foot, i. E, two hoofed digits on each foot. (biology-online.org)

2. (Science: Anatomy)
One twelfth part of the diameter of the sun or moon; a term used to express the quantity of an eclipse; as, an eclipse of eight digits is one which hides two thirds of the diameter of the disk. (biology-online.org)

3. (Science: Mathematics)
One of the ten figures or symbols, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, by which all numbers are expressed; so called because of the use of the fingers in counting and computing. (biology-online.org)

By some authorities the symbol 0 is not included with the digits. (biology-online.org)

4. A fingers breadth, commonly estimated to be three fourths of an inch. (biology-online.org)

Word origin: From Latin digitus (“a finger or toe”)


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