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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Recent Examples on the Web Cypriot discus thrower Apostolos Parellis focus on speed, technique and determination to reach elite status. oregonlive, "Pete Julian says he will turn loose his elite, Nike-sponsored runners soon: Oregon track & field rundown," 3 July 2020 His personal-best discus toss in 2019 ranked No. 21 nationally among prep competitors outdoors last spring. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Alabama signee Josiah Harry named Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year," 29 June 2020 Fey won the Class 5A state championship in the discus and earned a bronze in the shot put in 2019. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "S.A. area athletes who finished top of their classes," 13 June 2020 Nieto, a talented basketball player and thrower in track and field, had one last wish that will help future Empire athletes: a college-level discus cage. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Empire athlete Noah Nieto gave back to his school before his death," 8 June 2020 The next season as a senior, Amaechi won the shot put on her final attempt (47-5 ¼) and placed second in the discus (177-0), both lifetime bests. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Without state track meet, here are Metro’s best past performances," 30 May 2020 Name: Evelyn Allison School: Orange El Modena Sport: Track and field, shot put/discus. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, "Season Interrupted: Evelyn Allison has earth-shaking plans," 11 May 2020 Mansfield Legacy’s Shelbi Vaughan, who competed for the United States in the discus at the 2016 Olympics, set the all-classifications state-meet record (187-10) and the high school national record (198-9) in 2012. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "The 2020 UIL track and field state meet had the potential to be historically spectacular," 8 May 2020 Fey won a gold in the girls Class 5A discus and a bronze in the shot put. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Southwest’s Morgan Fey looks ahead after season’s cancellation," 4 May 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discus. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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