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digit (n.)

late 14c., "numeral below 10," from Latin digitus "finger or toe" (also with secondary meanings relating to counting and numerals), considered to be related to dicere "to say, speak" (from PIE root *deik- "to show," also "pronounce solemnly"). The numerical sense is because numerals under 10 were counted on fingers. The "finger or toe" sense in English is attested from 1640s.

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Definitions of digit from WordNet

digit (n.)
one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration;
0 and 1 are digits
Synonyms: figure
digit (n.)
the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure;
Synonyms: finger / fingerbreadth / finger's breadth
digit (n.)
a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates;
Synonyms: dactyl
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