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  1. any thin, flat, circular plate or object.

  2. any surface that is flat and round, or seemingly so: the disk of the sun.

  1. Computers. any of several types of media consisting of thin, round plates of plastic or metal, used for external storage: magnetic disk;hard disk;optical disk.

  2. Botany, Zoology. any of various roundish, flat structures or parts.

  3. Botany. (in the daisy and other composite plants) the central portion of the flower head, composed of tubular florets.

  4. any of the circular steel blades that form the working part of a disk harrow.

  5. Mathematics. the domain bounded by a circle.

  6. Archaic. discus.

verb (used with object)
  1. Informal. disc (def. 3).

  2. to cultivate (soil) with a disk harrow.

Origin of disk

First recorded in 1655–65; from Latin discus discus; cf. dish
  • Also disc (for defs. 1, 2, 4-9, 12) .

Other words from disk

  • disklike, adjective

Words that may be confused with disk

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How to use disk in a sentence

  • They were disking and ploughing and sowing, generally driving six horses abreast.

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  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for disk


/ (dɪsk) /

  1. a variant spelling (esp US and Canadian) of disc

  2. 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 tracks: Compare drum 1 (def. 9) See also floppy disk

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Scientific definitions for disk


    • : See magnetic disk.

    • : See optical disk.

  1. The round, flat center, consisting of many disk flowers, found in the inflorescences of many composite plants such as the daisy.

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