Definition of Discus

1. Noun. An athletic competition in which a disk-shaped object is thrown as far as possible.

Generic synonyms: Field Event

2. Noun. A disk used in throwing competitions.
Exact synonyms: Saucer
Generic synonyms: Disc, Disk, Sports Equipment

Definition of Discus

1. n. A quoit; a circular plate of some heavy material intended to be pitched or hurled as a trial of strength and skill.

Definition of Discus

1. Noun. A round plate-like object that is thrown for sport. ¹

2. Noun. The athletics sport of discus throwing. ¹

3. Noun. (context: plural: '''discus''') A discus fish. ¹

4. Noun. (rare dated) A chakram. ¹

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Definition of Discus

1. a disk hurled in athletic competition [n -CUSES or -CI]

Medical Definition of Discus

1. 1. A quoit; a circular plate of some heavy material intended to be pitched or hurled as a trial of strength and skill. The exercise with the discus. This among the Greeks was one of the chief gymnastic exercises and was included in the Pentathlon (the contest of the five exercises). The chief contest was that of throwing the discus to the greatest possible distance. 2. A disk. Origin: E. Discuses, L. Disci. (03 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Discus

discus (current term)
discus articularis
discus articularis acromioclavicularis
discus articularis radioulnaris
discus articularis sternoclavicularis
discus articularis temporomandibularis
discus fish
discus fishes
discus intervertebralis
discus lentiformis
discus nervi optici
discus proligerus
discus throw
discus thrower

Literary usage of Discus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Gymnastics for Youth, Or, A Practical Guide to Healthful and Amusing by Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, Christian Gotthilf Salzmann (1803)
"The discus. Practice of the ancients. We find the discus in use so early, ... Achilles exercised his myrmidons in throwing the discus and the dart. ..."

2. Catholicon Anglicum: An English-Latin Wordbook, Dated 1483 by Sidney John Hervon Herrtage (1882)
"... Abacus, discus, mensa, tabule, ... 1 The Medulla gives the following verses on the same word— * Est discus lud its [quoits], ..."

3. Manual of Human and Comparative Histology by Salomon Stricker, Henry Power (1872)
"Others, again, as Coste (33), consider that the position occupied by the discus is close beneath the most superficial part of the follicle. ..."

4. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1882)
"L. discus, a disc (above). -Diphthong, a union of two vowel sounds in one syllable. ... —L. discus, a quoit, platter; in late L., a table. ..."

5. Darwin and After Darwin: An Exposition of the Darwinian Theory and a by George John Romanes, Conwy Lloyd Morgan (1892)
"... discus (Fig. 78). It has six rows of little symmetrical bones springing from a leg-like origin. ..."

6. Calisthenics and Light Gymnastics for Home and School by Alfred M. A. Beale (1888)
"Throwing the discus. Among the Greeks, throwing the discus did not form part of the games till the eighteenth Olympiad. This exercise consisted in throwing, ..."

7. Athletic Training by Michael C. Murphy (1914)
"CHAPTER XVI THE discus THROW THROWING the discus is an event which has become ... Before one takes up discus throwing he should acquaint himself with the ..."

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