dis·​cus | \ ˈdis-kəs \
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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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 Other winners for Providence were Kieran Gehan in the 110 hurdles (17.66), Ryan Clemens in the 300 hurdles (43.50), Bryce Whitaker in the triple jump (38 feet 11 inches), Brian Markey in the shot put (36-6) and Tyler Bridges in the discus (91.8). Staff Reports, latimes.com, "Sports Roundup: Providence boys’ track, boys’ volleyball secure league titles," 3 May 2018 On Saturday the Grand Valley State recruit won the discus with a throw of 158-1, which was 1 inch shy of her season best in the event. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state meet report: Athletes of the day, record-setting performances," 2 June 2018 He would be joined in the San Francisco 49ers million-dollar backfield by Pittsburg's John Henry Johnson, who won the discus in 1949. Jerry Soifer, latimes.com, "100 years of the state track meet: from future Olympic heroes to Johnny Mathis, a tapestry of talent," 29 May 2018 Otito Ogbonnia, Katy Taylor The UCLA football signee won the Class 6A boys discus throw (187-11) and the shot put (66-01) at the UIL Track and Field Championships. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Boys athlete of the week: Demond Demas, North Forest," 14 May 2018 Other athletes to watch include Reservoir’s Lola Alli, who has thrown the discus 26 feet further than anyone else in the county so far this season, and Oluwaseun Sule. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Howard boys track and field seeking county triple crown at outdoor league championships," 3 May 2018 Colonial senior Georgette Simpson won the girls discus with a personal best throw of 130 feet, 8 inches. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, ""Region of Death" track and field report | West Orange girls, Brantley boys take titles," 26 Apr. 2018 Sherwood High's Shelby Moran enters the Oregon High School Championships with the nation's best discus throw. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Nobody likes the Oregon Project's Galen Rupp? Says who? Oregon track & field rundown," 18 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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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 \
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 \
plural disci\ -​ˌkī , -​kē \

Medical Definition of discus

: any of various rounded and flattened anatomical structures

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