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

Examples of disk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An equinox occurs when the sun's disk is exactly over a planet's equator. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What's happening inside Saturn's rings? The Cassini mission dove between them to find out," 13 June 2019 For now, Manser hopes to apply the spectroscopy method to other star systems where gas disks are present. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Newfound tiny planet may be a glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate," 4 Apr. 2019 Senior Western diplomats in Vienna have said the agency is still working through the nuclear archive information, which Israeli officials have said totals more than 50,000 pages and includes material on 183 computer disks. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.N. Atomic Agency Rebuffs Israeli Criticism Over Iran Sites," 2 Oct. 2018 Nesvorny and many others now think that gravity kicks in once clumps in the circumstellar disk reach the pebble stage, swiftly pulling together massive amounts of material to form a huge new planet. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Many asteroids might be remnants of 5 destroyed worlds, scientists say," 3 July 2018 The crack from wear and tear on the engine after nearly 11,500 flights occurred in a high-pressure compressor disk. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "NTSB: British Airways engine failed because of compressor disk cracked from use," 21 June 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the inspections were insufficient to detect flaws in the disk of a CF-6 engine on an American Airlines Boeing 767 in late 2016. Christine Negroni, New York Times, "Engine on Southwest Jet Not the Only One to Develop Cracks," 19 Apr. 2018 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On floured surface, with lightly floured rolling pin, roll on disk of 2-Pie Pastry recipe into 12-inch circle. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Very Berry Apple Pie," 2 Nov. 2015 Sprinkle in enough of the ice water for the dough to come together, and then shape it into a disk. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Orange Flower Fig Tart," 19 June 2019

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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