|n.||1.||(Computers) a computer that represents information by numerical digits with a fixed number of values; - most commonly each piece of information is internally represented in binary code, as an array of bits, which are information units each of which can take only two values. The possible values of each bit are conventionally represented as the numbers 1 or 0.|
|Noun||1.||digital computer - a computer that represents information by numerical (binary) digits|
|(computer)||digital computer - A computer that represents numbers and other data
using discrete internal states, in contrast to the
continuously varying quantities used in an analog computer.|
Some of the fundamental ideas behind the digital computer were proposed by Alan Turing between 1936 and 1938. The design of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (1937-1942) included some of the important implementation details but the first digital computer to successfully run real programs was the Z3 (1941). ENIAC (1943-1946) was the first electronic digital computer but was only programmable by manual rewiring or switches.