Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a digit, especially a finger.
  • adj. Operated or done with the fingers: a digital switch.
  • adj. Having digits.
  • adj. Expressed in numerical form, especially for use by a computer.
  • adj. Computer Science Of or relating to a device that can read, write, or store information that is represented in numerical form. See Usage Note at virtual.
  • adj. Using or giving a reading in digits: a digital clock.
  • n. A key played with the finger, as on a piano.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having to do with digits (fingers or toes); performed with a finger.
  • adj. Property of representing values as discrete numbers rather than a continuous spectrum.
  • adj. Of or relating to computers or the Computer Age.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the fingers; done with the fingers
  • adj. of or pertaining to digits{3}; expressed in digits{3}, or using digits{3}.
  • adj. performing internal logical and arithmetic operations by means of digits, usually represented as binary numbers. Contrasted to analog, wherein variables are represented as coninuous physical quantities such as voltages or the position of a pointer on a continuous scale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a digit or digits: as, the digital phalanges.
  • Resembling digits; digitate.
  • n. A digit; a finger or toe.
  • n. The fifth and last joint of the pedipalp of a spider.
  • n. One of the keys or finger-levers of instruments of the organ or piano class.
  • n. One of those primaries, or quill-feathers, most commonly four in number, which are attached to the phalanges of the second and third digits of a bird's wing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or performed with the fingers
  • adj. displaying numbers rather than scale positions
  • adj. of a circuit or device that represents magnitudes in digits

Etymologies

From Latin digitālis, from digitus ("finger, toe") + -alis ("-al"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The term digital divide indicates those individuals who are advantaged versus those who are relatively disadvantaged by the Internet and helps illuminate our understanding of inequality in the consequences of innovation.

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  • The term "digital divide" used to refer to whether classrooms had computers connected to the Internet.

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  • Ms. MacKinnon deploys the phrase "digital bonapartism" to describe the policy of strong-arm leaders who use the Internet to seek legitimacy, for instance by crowdsourcing input on new laws or using pro-government bloggers to slur out-of-favor officials.

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  • Some people use the phrase "digital literacy" for skills with digital tools.

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  • I was disappointed in this video for the definition given to the term digital story.

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  • Given this potential breadth in the term digital literacy why not just narrow your concerns to that which you describe which is Social Media?

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  • The problem with the term digital literacy is that it specifies the technology, whereas the knowledge that we wish to teach and analyze extend beyond this to use.

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  • IMHO the term digital media versatility does satisfy the need better as the discipline should strive after versatility in thinking and acting with digital media.

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