Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Preceding the advent of digital technology

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preceding a digit or the digits.
  • n. One of the two outermost primaries in the wing of a bird which are attached to the second phalanx of the second digit. The outermost predigital is very small and is that called the spurious primary, or remicle.

Etymologies

pre- +‎ digital (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The African Queen," he noted, had been available in the predigital era on VHS and Laserdisc, but the transfer looked as muddy as the bottom of a Central African river.

    'Hubble': Heavenly Ticket to Space

  • Forgive my bias, but old-fashioned journalism -- validated, vetted, edited -- is as central to our portrait of the world as it was in the predigital past.

    Tim Berry: A Great Debate About Ideas

  • Also fascinating insight into how they sorted through data in the predigital age.

    A bookish blog post | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • It was made in the predigital days when special effects looked real because most of them were real, and moviegoers watched in genuine amazement.

    Just Say No to Bullock ‘Proposal’

  • In predigital days, getting one's hands on hot pictures required running an often impenetrable gantlet of drugstore clerks and newsstand operators, and finding really hard-core material was out of the question.

    No Place For Kids?

  • Kidd captures the predigital art department just right.

    ‘Mad Men’: The Novel

  • As a moment in a poem it's probably a little over-compressed, nevertheless I take "context is vinyl" to be an affirmation of the old-school premodernist value of explaining what one is talking about and why, just as audiophiles have come out swinging for predigital recording techniques.

    Jordan Davis reads Drew Gardner

  • James Surowiecki, in his book "The Wisdom of Crowds," points to predigital examples such as a contest at a country fair to guess the weight of an ox, which combined guesses from experts and nonexperts, resulting in a nearly perfect answer.

    Trading on the Wisdom of Crowds

  • Still plagued by old-fashioned giant IT projects, government intelligence agencies stockpile silos of unshared data in a large bureaucratic structure more suited to a predigital era.

    Government Intelligence

  • There are glimmers: The new Amazon book reader may bring the best of predigital life forward into the present, and any number of institutions are (gradually) exploring ways to harness the new communications environment for scholarship, innovation and profit rather than idle enjoyment.

    Can U Read Kant?

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