[dis-kuh s]
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noun, plural dis·cus·es, dis·ci [dis-ahy] /ˈdɪs aɪ/.
  1. 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.
  2. 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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Related Words for discus

plate, platter, disc, shell, dish, circle, sabot, discus, quoit, flan, saucer, discoid

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British Dictionary definitions for discus


noun plural discuses or disci (ˈdɪskaɪ)
  1. (originally) a circular stone or plate used in throwing competitions by the ancient Greeks
  2. athletics
    1. a similar disc-shaped object with a heavy middle thrown by athletes
    2. (as modifier)a discus thrower
  3. the discus the event or sport of throwing the discus
  4. 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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Word Origin and History for discus

1650s, from Latin discus "discus, disk," from Greek diskos "disk, quoit, platter."

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discus in Medicine


n. pl. dis•ci (dĭskī′, dĭsī′)
  1. A flat circular surface; a disk.
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