American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports A disk, typically wooden or plastic with a metal rim, that is thrown for distance in athletic competitions.
- n. Sports A track-and-field event in which a discus is thrown.
- n. A small, brilliantly colored South American freshwater fish (Symphysodon discus) that has a disk-shaped body and is popular in home aquariums.
- n. Something resembling a flat circular plate; a disk.
- n. Botany See disk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical antiquity, a circular piece of stone or plate of metal, about 12 inches in diameter, pitched from a fixed point to the greatest possible distance, as a gymnastic exercise and as an athletic contest. The throwing of the discus was a favorite exercise in the athletic games of Greece, and was one of the five exercises which constituted the pentathlon. See cut under
- n. In anatomy, physical, zoology, and botany, a disk of any kind.
- n. [capitalized] In zoöl.: A genus of mollusks, A genus of acalephs.
- n. A genus of scombroid fishes.
- n. A round plate-like object that is thrown for sport.
- n. uncountable The athletics sport of discus throwing.
- n. A discus fish.
- n. rare, dated A chakram.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A quoit; a circular plate of some heavy material intended to be pitched or hurled as a trial of strength and skill.
- n. The exercise with the discus.
- n. A disk. See Disk.
- n. a disk used in throwing competitions
- n. an athletic competition in which a disk-shaped object is thrown as far as possible
- 1656. From Latin discus, from Ancient Greek δίσκος (diskos, "disk, quoit, platter"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin; see disk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The 2007 USA champion in discus is also a six-time USA runner-up (1997, 2000-03 and”
“I competed at the state level in discus and shot, and was the only girl on the golf team -- at the time, there wasn't a separate system for women golfers.”
“Shot put and discus is a lot of explosion and technique, which is very similar to playing left tackle.”
“Four-time NCAA champion in discus at UCLA; also won indoor and outdoor shot put her senior year.”
“• Hungary's discus gold medalist, Robert Fazekas, lost his gold medal in discus for allegedly tampering with a drug test.”
“• The cells that attached to the wall of the follicle are given the name discus proligerus.”
“The discus was a round, flat piece of stone or metal, and the athletes tried to see who could throw it farthest.”
“This is termed the discus proligerus, and in it the ovum is imbedded.”
“In the Oriental liturgies there is placed upon the altar a vessel called the discus, analogous to the paten, but it is of considerably larger size.”
“Crouser, his seventh place finish in the discus was a solid effort, Kilian said.”
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