nounpl. dis′cuses or dis′ci·
- a heavy disk, usually made of metal and wood, that is thrown for distance as a test of strength and skill
- the throwing of the discus as a field event in track and field meetsin full discus throw
Origin of discusClassical Latin from Classical Greek diskos from base of dikein, to throw, akin to deiknynai, to show, point out: see diction
- Sports a. A disk, typically wooden, plastic, or rubber with a metal rim, that is thrown for distance in athletic competitions.b. A track-and-field event in which a discus is thrown.
- pl. discus Any of several small colorful South American freshwater fish of the genus Symphysodon that have a disk-shaped body and are popular in home aquariums.
- Something resembling a flat circular plate; a disk.
Origin of discusLatin; see disk .
Robert Harting of Germany at the 2009 DKB-ISTAF Golden League meet
- Although an alternative latinate plural disci is often cited, it is hardly ever used in practice.
1656. From Latin discus, from Ancient Greek δίσκος (diskos, “disk, quoit, platter”).