disk

noun, often attributive
\ ˈdisk How to pronounce disk (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of disk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the seemingly flat figure of a celestial body the solar disk
b archaic : discus
2 : any of various rounded and flattened animal anatomical structures especially : intervertebral disk — compare slipped disk
3 : the central part of the flower head of a typical composite made up of closely packed tubular flowers
4 : a thin circular object: such as
a usually disc : a phonograph record
b : a round flat plate coated with a magnetic substance on which data for a computer is stored
c usually disc : optical disk: such as
(1) : videodisc
(2) : cd
5 usually disc : one of the concave circular steel tools with sharpened edge making up the working part of a disc harrow or plow also : an implement employing such tools

disk

verb
variants: or disc
disked or disced; disking or discing; disks or discs

Definition of disk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cultivate with an implement (such as a harrow or plow) that turns and loosens the soil with a series of discs

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Noun

disk 3 D

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Other Words from disk

Noun

disklike \ ˈdisk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce disklike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of disk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sprinkle in enough of the ice water for the dough to come together, and then shape it into a disk. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Orange Flower Fig Tart," 19 June 2019 Shape each portion into ball, then gently flatten into round disk about 1/2 inch thick and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Washington Post, "Dive into a Greek gyro, with lamb and yogurt sauce in a pita," 17 June 2019 Matter moving generates heat, which causes the disk to glow bright red and white. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How They Got the Black Hole Picture That Changed Science," 10 Apr. 2019 In addition to treating brain tumors, Dr. Murray also treated patients who were suffering from spinal, cervical and disk problems. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Dr. Kenneth J. Murray, a retired neurosurgeon and avid skeet shooter, dies," 4 June 2019 Traditional virtual machines have their own operating system installation stored on a virtual disk image, and that operating system must be updated and maintained separately from the host operating system. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine," 19 Dec. 2018 On Wednesday, Windows Insider preview build 18898 revealed a small but exciting Task Manager improvement coming to a future version of Windows 10: The Performance tab will tell you if a disk is a solid-state drive or a slower mechanical hard drive. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Windows 10's latest Insider preview gives Task Manager a simple, stellar storage enhancement," 15 May 2019 Ladybugs: Roll red fondant into small balls, then shape black fondant into a flat disk and stick together. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mother's Day Cookie Bouquet," 6 May 2019 Hypotheses ranged from a swarm of comets orbiting the star, to a dusty debris disk surrounding a black hole between the star and Earth, to material within our own solar system, stellar fluctuations in Tabby’s Star, and finally, alien megastructures. National Geographic, "Mystery of 'Alien Megastructure' Star Has Been Cracked," 3 Jan. 2018

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Size: Disk up to 0.7 inch (1.7 centimeters) wide; stalk up to 0.3 inch (0.8 centimeter) tall IUCN Red List Status: National Geographic, "8 Real-Life ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and Where to Find Them," 18 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of disk

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disk

Noun

Latin discus — more at dish

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disk

noun
variants: or disc \ ˈdisk \

Kids Definition of disk

1 : something that is or appears to be flat and round
2 usually disc : cd
3 : a round, thin, flat plate coated with a magnetic substance on which data for a computer is stored
4 usually disc : a phonograph record

Other Words from disk

disklike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

disk

noun
variants: or disc \ ˈdisk How to pronounce disc (audio) \

Medical Definition of disk

: any of various rounded or flattened anatomical structures: as
a : a mammalian blood cell

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