discus

noun dis·cus \ ˈdis-kəs \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of discus

plural discuses
: 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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Origin and Etymology of discus

Latin — more at dish



DISCUS Defined for English Language Learners

discus

noun

Definition of discus for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DISCUS Defined for Kids

discus

noun dis·cus \ ˈdi-skəs \

Definition of discus for Students

plural discuses
: an object that is shaped like a disk and hurled for distance in a track-and-field event

Medical Dictionary

discus

noun dis·cus \ ˈdis-kəs \

medical Definition of discus

plural disci play \-ˌkī, -kē\
: any of various rounded and flattened anatomical structures


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