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What does discus mean?
A discus is the disk used in the track-and-field event known as discus or the discus throw—in which athletes compete to throw it as far as they can.
The plural can be discuses or disci (which follows the same pluralization pattern found in other Latin-derived words, like alumnus and its plural, alumni).
In competition, men typically use discuses that have a diameter of about 8.6 inches (22 cm) and weigh about 4.4 pounds (2 kg), while those used by women have a diameter of about 7 inches (18 cm) and weigh about 2.2 pounds (1 kg). They are usually made of wood with a metal rim.
Discus is one of the “field” events in track and field, which also include other events in which objects are thrown as far as possible, namely shot put and javelin. All three are events in the summer Olympic Games (the Summer Games) and are also events in the modern decathlon. Discus was one of the events in the ancient Greek Olympic Games.
Example: Discus is one of my favorite track-and-field events because it was part of the ancient Olympic Games.
Where does discus come from?
The first records of the word discus in English come from the 1600s. It ultimately comes from the Greek verb diskeîn, meaning “to throw.”
The discus is one of the oldest known sports. It is mentioned in the ancient Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, which are believed to have been written around the time that discus became an event in the ancient Olympic Games. It was one of the five events in the ancient version of the five-event competition known as the pentathlon. (It’s part of the modern decathlon but not the modern pentathlon.)
Discus has been included as an event in the modern Olympic Games (in the Summer Olympics) since the first Olympiad in 1896. It was added as one of the first women’s Olympic events in 1928.
In the late 1800s, future Olympic silver medalist Frantisek Janda-Suk developed a new throwing technique involving the spinning of the whole body—which is still in use today. A similar technique is used in shot put.
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What are some other forms related to discus?
- discuses (plural)
- disci (plural)
What are some synonyms for discus?
- discus throw (in reference to the event)
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How is discus used in real life?
Most people are familiar with discus as a track-and-field event at the Summer Olympics. It was an event in the ancient Greek Olympic Games and is often used as a symbol of ancient sport.
India's discus thrower Seema Punia wins historic gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games #GoldRushIndia
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 29, 2014
Not everyday you’re 1m shy of a world record! Discus is my new event! pic.twitter.com/cbjwJNAQjC
— Taylor Campbell (@TaylorLC1996) May 30, 2019
Let's start a debate. Should throwing a heavy frisbee thing be a sport? Discus.
— Bo Burnham (@boburnham) July 9, 2013
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True or False?
In Olympic competition, the discus is usually thrown like a Frisbee.
How to use discus in a sentence
If one of the other guests had opened their door that afternoon while I was running by, I would have been sent flying like a discus off the ceiling.Sleepless Nights, Hotel Room Sprints, So Much 7-Eleven: What It's Like to Cover the Tokyo Olympics|Sean Gregory/Tokyo|August 7, 2021|Time
Press won gold in the shot put and silver in the discus at the 1960 Rome Olympics, and gold in both events at the 1964 Tokyo Games.Tamara Press, Soviet Olympic champion whose gender was questioned, dies at 83|News Services|May 7, 2021|Washington Post
So far as I know, no one has ever done this to an Olympic discus thrower.
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|The Telegraph|July 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Apollo and the Discobolus are engaged in the same purpose—the one watching the effect of his arrow, the other of his discus.
Who shall meet the helméd Arjun in the gory field of war, Krishna with his fiery discus mounted on his battle-car?Maha-bharata|Anonymous
It was not till the discus throw that the Scout team suffered an overwhelming reverse.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
And after the town of Saubha had fallen, the discus came back into my hands.
The discus then cleft Salwa in twain who in that fierce conflict was at the point of hurling a heavy mace.
British Dictionary definitions for discus
- a similar disc-shaped object with a heavy middle thrown by athletes
- (as modifier)a discus thrower