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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Examples of discus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Illinois native lives and trains in Madison and was a standout for the Badgers in the discus. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2021 Cleveland’s Reggie Jagers III earned his Olympic berth by finishing second in discus at the Trials. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, 15 July 2021 Standout soccer goalkeeper Jordan Hecht, who also won the Class 2A state track and field discus throw for the championship Irish team. David La Vaque, Star Tribune, 5 July 2021 West Hills’ Brandy Atuatasi was fifth in the discus with a 146-6. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2021 In the discus, Mason Finley uncorked a throw of 206 feet, 11 inches on his fifth attempt and went on to win the competition. oregonlive, 26 June 2021 In Saturday's only other final, Valarie Allman won the discus throw to make the Olympic team, while in the women's 400 semis, Allyson Felix stayed on track to make her fifth team by qualifying for Sunday's final. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 Colson left the pack behind her while winning the state championship in the discus throw. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 4 June 2021 Liberty High School senior Mason Breeze set a meet record in the discus throw Monday at Manchester Valley High School to help the Lions cap their first Carroll County boys track and field championship in school history. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 31 May 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Discus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discus. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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 discus (audio) , -​kē How to pronounce discus (audio) \

Medical Definition of discus

: any of various rounded and flattened anatomical structures

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