A digital clock is a type of clock that displays the time digitally (i.e. in numerals or other symbols), as opposed to an analog clock, where the time is indicated by the positions of rotating hands.
Digital clocks are often associated with electronic drives, but the “digital” description refers only to the display, not to the drive mechanism. (Both analog and digital clocks can be driven either mechanically or electronically, but “clockwork” mechanisms with digital displays are rare.) The biggest digital clock is the Lichtzelt Pegel (“Light Time Level”) on the television tower Rheinturm Düsseldorf, Germany.
Digital clocks typically use the 50 or 60 hertz oscillation of AC power or a 32,768 hertz crystal oscillator as in a quartz clock to keep time. Most digital clocks display the hour of the day in 24-hour format; in the United States and a few other countries, a more commonly used hour sequence option is 12-hour format (with some indication of AM or PM). Some timepieces, such as many digital watches, can be switched between 12-hour and 24-hour modes. Emulations of analog-style faces often use an LCD screen, and these are also sometimes described as “digital”