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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Her best distance in the shot put was 36 feet, 9.75 inches at the state meet; in the discus, her best throw was 100 feet, 8 inches at the 3A East regional. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Mt. Hebron's Valentine runs away with Howard County girls outdoor track and field Athlete of the Year honors," 21 June 2019 Pioneer Middle’s Kennedy Lerner was third in the 1600-meter run (5:53.62), while Pioneer Middle’s Lydia Kentis was second in the girls discus (80-10). Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Pembroke Pines Charter Middle girls win first county track title," 20 June 2019 All is well that ends well for Jamaican discus thrower Fedrick Dacres. oregonlive.com, "Genzebe Dibaba edges Sifan Hassan in an epic 1,500, Nijel Amos wins: Oregon track & field rundown," 17 June 2019 Things begin with the men's hammer and women's discus at 11:30 a.m. Action on the track starts at 2 p.m. The Pepsi is intriguing for several reasons. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "UO Ducks begin final season at the current Hayward Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 6 Apr. 2018 Junior Garrett Millard was eighth in discus (123-11). Jeff Seidel, baltimoresun.com, "A look back at the postseason track highlights for athletes at Dulaney, Towson, Carver A & T and Loch Raven," 7 June 2019 When the University of Oxford athletics team needed women to throw the discus in 1996, American Margaret McCutcheon was game. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, "Love Story: African Decathlete and American Rower On Love Safari," 10 June 2018 Gabe Stallman won the discus with a throw of 140 feet 3.5 inches. Dan Brown, Ramona Sentinel, "Bulldogs defeat Warriors in final meet before league championships," 6 May 2018 Willamette's Hope Duenas wins the discus at the Jenn Boyman Memorial. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "On the practicality of Hayward's east side, and Moh Ahmed: Oregon track & field rundown," 8 Apr. 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 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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