Numerical vs Digital - What's the difference?

numerical | digital |

As adjectives the difference between numerical and digital

is that numerical is of or pertaining to numbers while digital is having to do with digits (fingers or toes); performed with a finger.

As a noun digital is

(finance) a digital option.




(en adjective)
  • of or pertaining to numbers
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    They propose that the brain manages numerical' systems with circuitry that is equipped for action related to "more than-less than", "faster-slower", "nearer-farther", "bigger-smaller", computations of "any kind of stuff in the external world". This neural activity allows us to successfully reach, grasp, throw or point. Bueti and Walsh argue further that, "it is on these abilities that discrete ' numerical abilities hitched an evolutionary ride," given the primitive need to make these kinds of judgments of space and time. Number then, as a measure, is not primary — what comes first is our need to move accurately.
  • (obsolete) The same in number; hence, identically the same; identical.
  • * South
  • the same numerical body
  • * Fuller
  • Would to God that all my fellow brethren, which with me bemoan the loss of their books, might rejoice for the recovery thereof, though not the same numerical volumes.

    Derived terms

    * numerical analysis * numerical derivative * numerical differentiation * numerical integration * numerical stability



  • Having to do with digits (fingers or toes); performed with a finger.
  • Property of representing values as discrete numbers rather than a continuous spectrum.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
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  • Of or relating to computers or the Information Age.
  • Digital payment systems are replacing cash transactions.


    * nondigital * undigital * (representing discrete values) analog, analogue

    Derived terms

    * digital computer * digitalize, digitalization * digital meter * digital storage


    (en noun)
  • (finance) A digital option.
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