discus
1656. From Latin discus, from Old Greek δίσκος ("disk, quoit, platter"). Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈdɪs.kəs/
Noun

discus (plural discuses)

  1. A round plate-like object that is thrown for sport.
    • 2004, Frank Fitzpatrick, "The amazing story of the first discus medal winner", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 18,
      He [Robert Garrett] won even though he hadn't ever touched a real discus until just before the event was held.
    • 2008, John Branch, "Estonia's Kanter Celebrates Gold Medal in the Discus His Way ↗", The New York Times, August 23,
      [Gerd] Kanter had agreed to demonstrate his throwing skill on Friday, but rather than bringing his own discuses—he usually travels with about five of them, […]
  2. (uncountable) The athletics sport of discus throwing.
  3. (plural: discus) A discus fish (genus Symphysodon)
    • 2008, Carol Roberts, "[https://web.archive.org/web/20081208193610/http://www.discusnada.org/discus/history.html History of Discus]", North American Discus Association,
      The main body of the Amazon River is too fast, too deep, and too silt laden for discus.
  4. (rare, dated) A chakram.
    • 1893, Krishna-Swaipayana Vyasa, translated by K. M. Ganguli, The Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Section XIX,
      And Narayana instantly cut off with his discus the well-adorned head of the Danava who was drinking the Amrita without permission.
    • 1899, Thomas William Rhys Davids (transl.), Digha Nikaya, "Sàmañña-Phàla Sutta",
      If with a discus with an edge sharp as a razor he should make all the living creatures on the earth one heap, one mass, of flesh, […]
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