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Definition of "discus" [dis•cus]

  • Sports A disk, typically wooden or plastic with a metal rim, that is thrown for distance in athletic competitions. (noun)
  • Sports A track-and-field event in which a discus is thrown. (noun)
  • A small, brilliantly colored South American freshwater fish (Symphysodon discus) that has a disk-shaped body and is popular in home aquariums. (noun)
  • Something resembling a flat circular plate; a disk. (noun)
  • Botany See disk. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "discus" in a sentence
  • "The 2007 USA champion in discus is also a six-time USA runner-up (1997, 2000-03 and"
  • "I competed at the state level in discus and shot, and was the only girl on the golf team -- at the time, there wasn't a separate system for women golfers."
  • "Shot put and discus is a lot of explosion and technique, which is very similar to playing left tackle."