An employee of Digital Equipment Corporation.

See also: VAX, VMS, PDP-10, TOPS-10, DEChead, double DECkers, field circus.

(01 Jul 2002)

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1. <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." (Owen)

2. A finger's breadth, commonly estimated to be three fourths of an inch.

3. <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.

By some authorities the symbol 0 is not included with the digits.

4. <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.

Origin: L. Digitus finger; prob. Akin to Gr, of uncertain origin; possibly akin to E. Toe. Cf. Dactyl.

(01 Mar 1998)

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