Definition of “digital” - English Dictionary

“digital” in British English

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digitaladjective

uk /ˈdɪdʒ.ɪ.təl/ us /ˈdɪdʒ.ə.t̬əl/

A2 recording or storing information as series of the numbers 1 and 0, to show that a signal is present or absent:

digital data

A2 using or relating to digital signals and computer technology :

a digital recording
a digital camera
digital TV

B1 showing information in the form of an electronic image:

a digital clock/display
a digital watch

More examples

  • Viewers can get more than 100 channels of incredibly sharp pictures with digital cable or satellite.
  • A green light appeared on the digital display and the door swung open.
  • digital imaging
  • Converting an entire CD to digital format and downloading it to an MP3 player takes only about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • The security features on the new ID cards include holograms and a digital identification photo.
digitally
adverb uk /ˈdɪdʒ.ɪ.təl.i/ us /ˈdɪdʒ.ə.t̬əl.i/

Sound and pictures can be stored digitally, as on a CD.

(Definition of “digital” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“digital” in American English

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digitaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈdɪdʒ·ɪ·t̬əl/

recording or showing information in the form of numbers, esp. 0 and 1:

The old movie was re-released with digital sound.

A digital watch or clock shows the time with numbers that change as the time changes.

(Definition of “digital” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“digital” in Business English

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digitaladjective

uk /ˈdɪdʒɪtəl/ us

IT, COMMUNICATIONS using a system that can be used by a computer and other electronic equipment, in which information is sent and received in electronic form as a series of the numbers 1 and 0:

digital camera/photography/image
digital television/TV/radio
After the switchover all our TV channels went digital.
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IT, INTERNET relating to computer technology, especially the internet:

The business has invested heavily in the latest digital technology.
In the digital world, the tools available to a marketer are utterly different.
The magazine that year ranked YouTube as one of its top ten digital brands.

showing information as whole numbers rather than in another form such as a picture, graph, etc.:

The unit has a clear digital display showing the temperature and humidity.
a digital watch/clock/alarm clock
digitally
adverb /ˈdɪdʒɪtəli/

The system captures CCTV images and stores them digitally on hard disk.

(Definition of “digital” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)