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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Seventh in the shot put (41-6.75) and eighth in the discus (128-6) at state. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Introducing the 2018 Post-Tribune All-Area Girls Track Team," 27 June 2018 In Division 3, Emma Richards of Ozaukee was a powerhouse in the throws, winning the state title in the discus (158-01) and shot put (42-5 ¼). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are the teams and athletes from Milwaukee area who won state titles in 2017-18," 20 June 2018 Cherokee High School graduate Jessica Woodard, a senior at Oklahoma, fouled her first three throws in the discus, eliminating her from the competition. Jake Willard, Philly.com, "Villanova's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner takes fourth in NCAA 800 final," 9 June 2018 Browning also finished second in the discus (153-9) to Crosby’s Bernardo Mbaya (157-10). Lori Riley, courant.com, "Outstanding In The Field: Southington Girls Win Their First State Open Track Title," 4 June 2018 The team should even perform well in the discus, an event unique to outdoor track and field. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Howard boys track and field seeking county triple crown at outdoor league championships," 3 May 2018 There's the former U.S. Open tennis champion Marin Cilic, a raft of current and ex-NBA players, Olympic champions in skiing, discus and the country's beloved water polo. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia 'love' their underdog status in Sunday's World Cup final," 12 July 2018 Browning ended up winning the State Open in shot put, and the Class MM state championship for discus. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "RHAM Track And Field Athlete Finishes Strong Season," 9 July 2018 All-conference: First team: Junior Sarah Rauh, 100-meter high hurdles; junior Rachel Berwanger, discus; and senior Sarah Voit, pole vault. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Mohawk memories: A yearbook for McAuley High School athletics in 2017-2018," 6 July 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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