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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Gabe Stallman placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 144 feet 2 inches. Dan Brown, Ramona Sentinel, "Athletes wrap up season at CIF championships," 7 June 2018 Tuilefano won the shot put with an effort of 40 feet, 2 inches and took gold in the discus with a mark of 139-8, qualifying for the state meet in both events. Union-tribune, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Prep Athletes of the Month," 31 May 2018 Besides being the top state qualifier in that event by almost 7 feet with a 68-1 sectional result, Meyer advanced in the discus with the third-best sectional throw (181 feet). Mike Clark, chicagotribune.com, "Lockport shot put star John Meyer seeks to smash record at final state meet," 23 May 2018 Herpin was fifth in the discus with an effort of 135 feet, 11 inches. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "State track: Dawson’s Shelton takes second in 100 meters," 13 May 2018 King – who holds the GMC record in the discus with a throw of 130-feet-08 – easily won both events. John Snodgrass, Cincinnati.com, "Prospect Breakdown: Ursuline's Person, Mason's King highlight track standouts," 12 May 2018 His teammate, Nolan Daggs, won gold in the discus with a throw of 176-1. Rick Mauch, star-telegram, "Local athletes shine at Day 1 of UIL State Track and Field Meet | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 The girls went 1-3-5 in the 2A discus with senior Amani Heaven winning with a 142-7 throw. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hallandale sweeps 2A state track titles, St. Thomas Aquinas girls win in 4A," 6 May 2018 Matthew Tua'au of Gustavus claimed the boys shot put with a toss of 49-6.75, and Anna Brock of Homer took the discus title with a throw of 115-10. Anchorage Daily News, "Soaring performance puts Chugiak high jumper in state record book," 26 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

the discus : 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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