disk

noun, often attributive
\ ˈdisk How to pronounce disk (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of disk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the seemingly flat figure of a celestial body the solar disk
b archaic : discus
2 : any of various rounded and flattened animal anatomical structures especially : intervertebral disk — compare slipped disk
3 : the central part of the flower head of a typical composite made up of closely packed tubular flowers
4 : a thin circular object: such as
a usually disc : a phonograph record
b : a round flat plate coated with a magnetic substance on which data for a computer is stored
c usually disc : optical disk: such as
(1) : videodisc
(2) : cd
5 usually disc : one of the concave circular steel tools with sharpened edge making up the working part of a disc harrow or plow also : an implement employing such tools

disk

verb
variants: or disc
disked or disced; disking or discing; disks or discs

Definition of disk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cultivate with an implement (such as a harrow or plow) that turns and loosens the soil with a series of discs

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Noun

disk 3 D

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Other Words from disk

Noun

disklike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce disklike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of disk in a Sentence

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At the heart of the G11 is what looks like a clump of disks, cogs, gears, and springs. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019 According to a Cardiff University press release, nanodiamonds are typically found inside rings of dust and gas, or protoplanetary disks, surrounding young stars. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Space Nanodiamonds Found to Be Source of Some Cosmic Microwave Radiation," 13 June 2018 This is useful to, for example, move a large Documents folder onto a different disk. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 October 2018 Update no longer deletes your data," 10 Oct. 2018 One of the highlights is the new entrance into the arch, a light-gathering disk with a westward facing crescent entryway. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Gateway Arch: An American classic gets a major overhaul," 29 June 2018 The Orioles gave Markakis a four-year, $40 million offer early in the offseason, but that deal came off the table when an MRI showed a bulging disk in his neck. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Former Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz showing he was worth the risk of a four-year deal," 26 June 2018 Children also can play Civil War-era games and crafts including walking on stilts or playing with a thaumatrope, a disk that gets spun to bring two pictures on either end of the object to look like one image. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Civil War Days event in Lake County shows many sides of the 1860s experience," 20 June 2018 In April 2017, Woods, 42, underwent a last-resort lumbar fusion operation, which involved replacing a disk with a bone graft, causing two vertebrae to grow together and eliminating the motion between them. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Didn’t Win Again. But He Will.," 3 June 2018 Ellipticals are thick, like round cakes of soap; disks are much flatter. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Size: Disk up to 0.7 inch (1.7 centimeters) wide; stalk up to 0.3 inch (0.8 centimeter) tall IUCN Red List Status: National Geographic, "8 Real-Life ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and Where to Find Them," 18 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of disk

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disk

Noun

Latin discus — more at dish

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disk

noun
variants: or disc \ ˈdisk \

Kids Definition of disk

1 : something that is or appears to be flat and round
2 usually disc : cd
3 : a round, thin, flat plate coated with a magnetic substance on which data for a computer is stored
4 usually disc : a phonograph record

Other Words from disk

disklike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

disk

noun
variants: or disc \ ˈdisk How to pronounce disc (audio) \

Medical Definition of disk

: any of various rounded or flattened anatomical structures: as
a : a mammalian blood cell

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