Some of the definitions are:
Digitizing or Punching : is the process of Converting artwork into data containing commands that tell an embroidery machine frame how to move through the machine operating system. The word Punching actually comes from the traditional jacquard embroidery machines. The code that tell the machine frame how to move comes from a tape that were punched with holes. These holes were the code or instructions.
Digitizing or punching design is the process of converting artwork such as vector format artwork or scanned artwork (.bmp, tif,) into digital embroidery. This can be done by the use of embroidery digitizing software and a skillful digitizing artist to interpret that particular design.