- 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 disking
This land would take a good deal of disking to get it into shape.Blind Man's Lantern
Allen Kim Lang
When clovers are sown on sod land for the purpose of renewing pastures, disking them will prepare them for receiving the seed.
The extent of the disking will depend on such conditions as the toughness of the sod and the nature of the soil.
The disking is usually done in the spring and while the frost is out for only a short distance below the surface.
In some instances the disking and sowing are both done by the same implement, which is driven both ways across the field.
- 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 disking
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).
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.
- Variant ofdisk
- A discus.
- A thin, flat, circular object or plate.