- any thin, flat, circular plate or object.
- any surface that is flat and round, or seemingly so: the disk of the sun.
- disc(def 1).
- Computers. any of several types of media consisting of thin, round plates of plastic or metal, used for external storage: magnetic disk; floppy disk; optical disk.
- Botany, Zoology. any of various roundish, flat structures or parts.
- intervertebral disk.
- Botany. (in the daisy and other composite plants) the central portion of the flower head, composed of tubular florets.
- any of the circular steel blades that form the working part of a disk harrow.
- Mathematics. the domain bounded by a circle.
- Archaic. discus.
Origin of disk
- a phonograph record.
- disk(defs 1, 2, 4–9).
- Informal. to make (a recording) on a phonograph disc.
- disk(defs 11, 12).
Origin of disc
Examples from the Web for disk
Divide the dough in half and very gently pat each half into a round 1-inch-thick disk.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
If your ears are tired of slick auto-tuned vocals, pick up this disk for an aural detox.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Which is lucky: we can see the gaps in the disk more clearly than if the disk were at a steeper angle.
But the most breathtaking aspects of the image are the rings and gaps in the disk, never imaged before in this much detail.
In the Chrome universe, a piece of software will not be a disk you buy, own, and are stuck with, but a place you go.Google's War on the PC
July 8, 2009
They ascribed it to some change in the magnetism of the iron shell and disk.
The world of Weald Three grew brighter and brighter and became a disk.
In the first was the disk, the symbol of the god; in the second, the god itself.Lotus Buds</p>
The disk had ice-caps and a reasonable proportion of land and water surface.
It was a disk as big as a dollar with a lot of needles in it.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
- a variant spelling (esp US and Canadian) of disc
- Also called: magnetic disk, hard disk computing a direct-access storage device consisting of a stack of plates coated with a magnetic layer, the whole assembly rotating rapidly as a single unit. Each surface has a read-write head that can move radially to read or write data on concentric tracksCompare drum 1 (def. 9) See also floppy disk
now esp US disk
- a flat circular plate
- something resembling or appearing to resemble thisthe sun's disc
- another word for (gramophone) record
- anatomy any approximately circular flat structure in the body, esp an intervertebral disc
- the flat receptacle of composite flowers, such as the daisy
- (as modifier)a disc floret
- the middle part of the lip of an orchid
- Also called: parking disca marker or device for display in a parked vehicle showing the time of arrival or the latest permitted time of departure or both
- (as modifier)a disc zone; disc parking
- computing a variant spelling of disk (def. 2)
- to work (land) with a disc harrow
Word Origin and History for disk
American English preferred spelling, 1660s, "round flat surface," from Latin discus "quoit, discus, disk," from Greek diskos, from dikein "throw," from PIE *dik-skos-, from root *deik- "to show, pronounce solemnly; also in derivatives referring to the directing of words or objects" [Watkins].
Sense of "phonograph disk" is 1888; computing sense is from 1947. Disk jockey first recorded 1941; dee-jay is from 1955; DJ is 1961; video version veejay is 1982. Disk-drive is from 1952.
Latinate spelling preferred in British English for most uses of disk (q.v.). American English tends to use it in the musical recording sense; originally of phonograph records, recently of compact discs. Hence, discophile "enthusiast for gramophone recordings" (1940).
- A thin, flat, circular object or plate.
- Variant ofdisk
- A discus.