- a circular disk more than 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter and 2.2 pounds (1 kg) in weight, usually wooden with a metal rim and thicker in the center than at the edge, for throwing for distance in athletic competition.
- the sport of throwing this disk for distance.
Origin of discus
1650–60; < Latin < Greek dískos a quoit, discus, disk, derivative of diskeîn to throw
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Examples from the Web for discus
So far as I know, no one has ever done this to an Olympic discus thrower.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
Jeremy Hunt has introduced a new sport to the Games, to go with the discus, shot put, javelin.20 Reasons to Feel Good About the 2012 Olympics in London
July 30, 2012
They were taught to box, to wrestle, to throw the discus, and to hurl the spear.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
And we'll discus it in the presence of nobody, if ye, please.The Skin Game (Fourth Series Plays)
Like throwing the discus, it calls for strength, speed and courage.Camping
Alexandra G. Lockwine
Burly Drake cast the discus one hundred and thirty-four feet.
The throwers of the discus and the hammer were naturally at some disadvantage.
- (originally) a circular stone or plate used in throwing competitions by the ancient Greeks
- a similar disc-shaped object with a heavy middle thrown by athletes
- (as modifier)a discus thrower
- the discus the event or sport of throwing the discus
- a South American cichlid fish, Symphysodon discus, that has a compressed coloured body and is a popular aquarium fish
C17: from Latin, from Greek diskos from dikein to throw
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Word Origin and History for discus
1650s, from Latin discus "discus, disk," from Greek diskos "disk, quoit, platter."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A flat circular surface; a disk.
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