dis·​cus | \ ˈdi-skəs How to pronounce discus (audio) \
plural discuses

Definition of discus

: a heavy disk (as of wood or plastic) that is thicker in the center than at the perimeter and that is hurled for distance as a track-and-field event also : the event

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When the University of Oxford athletics team needed women to throw the discus in 1996, American Margaret McCutcheon was game. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, "Love Story: African Decathlete and American Rower On Love Safari," 10 June 2018 Gabe Stallman won the discus with a throw of 140 feet 3.5 inches. Dan Brown, Ramona Sentinel, "Bulldogs defeat Warriors in final meet before league championships," 6 May 2018 Willamette's Hope Duenas wins the discus at the Jenn Boyman Memorial. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "On the practicality of Hayward's east side, and Moh Ahmed: Oregon track & field rundown," 8 Apr. 2018 The former high school tight end, defensive end, shot put and discus thrower capably replaced presumed starter Ed Dickson, who sat the entire preseason and remains on the Non-Football Injury list. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Rookie tight end Will Dissly brings the ‘cool’ in Seahawks’ season opener," 9 Sep. 2018 The decathlon consists of the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 run, 110 hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1,500 run. Dearbea Walker, Philly.com, "Germantown Academy's Kyle Garland to compete in decathlon at under-20 world championships," 9 July 2018 Honorable mention Micky Barratte, Mukwonago: The senior had a season-best discus throw of 117-1 to win the Classic 8 relay title Monday at Arrowhead. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area girls track and field athletes, team of the week," 26 Apr. 2018 The All-State champion in the discus, Dennis-Yarmouth junior Tiana Bazie set a school record with her throw of 135-5 in the event to place second to Amanda Howe (141-09) of Southington, Conn. Sammy J. Hurwitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Sharon duo shine shine at New England track championships," 10 June 2018 Adjusting on the fly: Waubonsie Valley senior Mantaj Singh was pleased with his winning 159-feet, 2-inch performance in the discus at the DVC Meet. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Boys track notes: Naperville Central's Thomas Shilgalis makes decision to go after 1,600 state title," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of discus

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for discus

Latin — more at dish

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The first known use of discus was in 1581

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English Language Learners Definition of discus

: a heavy flat round object that people throw as far as they can as a sport
: an athletic event in which people compete by trying to throw a discus farther than everyone else


dis·​cus | \ ˈdi-skəs How to pronounce discus (audio) \
plural discuses

Kids Definition of discus

: an object that is shaped like a disk and hurled for distance in a track-and-field event


dis·​cus | \ ˈdis-kəs How to pronounce discus (audio) \
plural disci\ -​ˌkī How to pronounce disci (audio) , -​kē How to pronounce disci (audio) \

Medical Definition of discus

: any of various rounded and flattened anatomical structures

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