Meaning of discus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪskəs/

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nounplural noun discuses

  • 1A heavy thick-centred disc thrown by an athlete, in ancient Greek games or in modern field events.

    ‘As far as performance goes, athletes are throwing the discus more than two times farther than the Greeks did, but records aren't falling as steadily as they used to.’
    • ‘Now allegedly just as the discus left the athlete's hand, a sort of gale arose and blew it many more metres than was expected.’
    • ‘Their goal was to empower them to run faster, jump higher, throw the discus and javelin farther, lift heavier weights, and excel in all power events.’
    • ‘She threw the discus a fine 32. 40m for second place.’
    • ‘Having thrown the discus some 33,000 times he attempted to qualify for the 1972 Munich games and 1976 Montreal which were not successful.’
    • ‘He then threw the discus 51.65 metres for 905 points, again the best performance of the field.’
    • ‘In 1999 he was investigated after trying to substitute a lighter discus in the AAA Championships when finishing sixth though nothing was proved against him.’
    • ‘The modern discus weighs in at just 5 pounds, one-third of the original weight, and the long jumps were done with the contestant carrying a five pound weight in each hand.’
    • ‘Rolling a ball at pins, throwing a discus or a softball, or spiking a volleyball incorporates the component of power.’
    • ‘The wind wasn't as stiff as I would have liked it to keep the discus up.’
    • ‘An inscription describing the truce was written on a bronze discus which was displayed at Olympia.’
    • ‘I was 18 years old, 18 stone, and I thought I could throw a discus - until this man-mountain arrived on the scene.’
    • ‘However, I wasn't allowed to do the discus after a discus accidentally slipped out of my hand, and into the games mistress' car's bonnet, during a practice session.’
    • ‘A schoolboy died after being hit in the back by a discus thrown by another pupil during a school sports practice.’
    • ‘The shot and discus had special grips making them easier to lift.’
    circle, round, saucer, discus, ring
  • 2A small colourful South American freshwater fish with a rounded laterally compressed body, native to South America and popular in aquariums.

    Genus Symphysodon, family Cichlidae: several species

    ‘Freshwater angelfish have extended dorsal and anal fins and discus fishes, have compressed, disc-like bodies.’
    • ‘Don't place your discus aquarium near a door as all the movement will cause them stress.’
    • ‘It has been said that the male discus fish will tend to have a less intense color and more pattern while the female tends to be more colorful but with lesser pattern.’
    • ‘Young discus fish should not be kept in very soft water as there aren't the right minerals present for good growth.’


Via Latin from Greek diskos.