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Discus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DISCUS, n. [L.]
1. A quoit; a piece of iron, copper or stone, to be thrown in play; used by the ancients.
2. In botany, the middle plain part of a radiated compound flower, generally consisting of small florets, with a hollow regular petal, as in the marigold and daisy.
3. The face or surface of the sun or moon. [See Disk.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an athletic competition in which a disk-shaped object is thrown as far as possible
2: a disk used in throwing competitions [syn: discus, saucer]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural discuses) Etymology: Latin more at dish Date: 1656 a heavy disk (as of wood or plastic) that is thicker in the center than at the perimeter and that is hurled for distance as a track-and-field event; also the event

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. discuses) 1 a heavy thick-centred disc thrown in ancient Greek games. 2 a similar disc thrown in modern field sports. Etymology: L f. Gk diskos

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Discus Dis"cus, n.; pl. E. Discuses, L. Disci. [L. See Disk.] 1. (a) A quoit; a circular plate of some heavy material intended to be pitched or hurled as a trial of strength and skill. (b) The exercise with the discus. Note: 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. See Disk.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(discuses) 1. A discus is a heavy circular object which athletes try to throw as far as they can as a sport. N-COUNT 2. The discus is the sport of throwing a discus. He won the discus at the Montreal Olympics. N-SING: the N

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

dis'-kus (diskos, "the summons of the discus," 2 Macc 4:14 margin, "to the game of the discus," the King James Version "the game of discus"): The discus was a round stone slab or metal plate of considerable weight (a kind of quoit), the contest of throwing which to the greatest distance was one of the exercises in the Greek gymnasia, being included in the pentathlon. It was introduced into Jerusalem by Jason the high priest in the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, 175-164 BC, in the Palaestra he had formed there in imitation of the Greek games. His conduct led to his being described in 2 Macc 4:13,14 as that "ungodly man" through whom even the priests forsook their duties to play at the discus. A statue of a discobolos (discus-thrower) is in the British Museum. From discus we have the words "disc," "dish," "desk." See GAMES.

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Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Quoit, disk.

Moby Thesaurus

O, annular muscle, annulus, areola, aureole, ball, chaplet, circle, circuit, circumference, circus, closed circle, corona, coronet, crown, cycle, diadem, disk, ejecta, ejectamenta, eternal return, fairy ring, garland, glory, halo, lasso, logical circle, loop, looplet, magic circle, missile, noose, orbit, projectile, quoit, radius, ring, rondelle, round, roundel, saucer, sphincter, trajectile, vicious circle, wheel, wreath


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