- 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
- variant of disco-.
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Related Words for disciplate, platter, disc, shell, dish, circle, sabot, discus, quoit, flan, saucer, discoid
- (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
Word Origin for discus
C17: from Latin, from Greek diskos from dikein to throw
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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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