- a thin, flat, circular thing of any material
- anything like this in form: the moon's disk
- any of the sharp, circular blades of a disk harrow
- Anat. a layer of fibrous connective tissue with small masses of cartilage among the fibers, occurring between adjacent vertebrae
- disk flower
- a circular nectary around the center of some flowers
- a thin, flat, circular plate coated with ferromagnetic particles, on which computer data can be stored
- Obs. discus
Origin of diskClassical Latin discus: see discus
- A thin, flat, circular object or plate.
- Something resembling such an object: The moon's disk was reflected in the pond.
- a. The disk used in a disc brake.b. A disk used on a disk harrow.
- A round, flattened structure in a plant or animal, such as an intervertebral disk.
- Botany The central area bearing numerous disk flowers in the flower head of a composite plant such as a daisy.
- Computers a. An optical disc, especially a compact disc.b. A magnetic disk, such as a floppy disk or hard disk.c. The data stored on such objects.
- A phonograph record.
- A circular grid in a phototypesetting machine.
transitive verbdisked, disk·ing, disks also disced or disc·ing or discs
- To work (soil) with a disk harrow.
- To make (a recording) on a phonograph record.
Origin of diskLatin discus, quoit, from Greek diskos, from dikein, to throw; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- A thin, flat, circular plate or similar object.
- A coin is a disk of metal.
- (figuratively) Something resembling a disk.
- Venus' disk cut off light from the Sun.
- (dated) A vinyl phonograph/gramophone record.
- Turn the disk over, after it has finished.
- (computing) A floppy disk - removable magnetic medium or a hard disk - fixed, persistent digital storage.
- He still uses floppy disks from 1979.
- (computing, nonstandard) A disc - either a CD-ROM, an audio CD, a DVD or similar removable storage medium.
- She burned some disks yesterday to back up her computer.
- (agriculture) A harrow.
- (botany) A ring- or cup-shaped enlargement of the flower receptacle or ovary that bears nectar or, less commonly, the stamens.
In International English, disk is the correct spelling for magnetic disks. If the medium is optical, the variant disc is usually preferred, although computing is a peculiar field for the term. For instance hard disk and other disk drives are always thus spelled, yet so are terms like compact discs. Thus, if referring to a physical drive or older media (3" or 5.25" diskettes) the k is used, but c is used for newer (optical based) media.
Less commonly, in British English, disc has been used for magnetic disks, as in floppy disc and discette.
(third-person singular simple present disks, present participle disking, simple past and past participle disked)
- (agriculture) to harrow
From Ancient Greek δίσκος (diskos, “a circular plate suited for hurling”), from δικείν (dikein, “to hurl, to launch”).