- 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”).