Definition of discus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiskəs/

noun (plural discuses)

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1A heavy thick-centered disk thrown by an athlete, in ancient Greek games or in modern field events.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1The athletic event or sport of throwing the discus: she had placed first in the discus
More example sentences
  • The strength events, javelin and discus, are my strength.
  • The various competitions included field sports, discus throwing, hop, skip and jump, high jump and long jump, and running events.
  • Kevin took bronze in both the pole vault and discus events.
2A small colorful South American freshwater fish with a rounded laterally compressed body, native to South America and popular in aquariums.
  • Genus Symphysodon, family Cichlidae: several species.


Via Latin from Greek diskos.

Words that rhyme with discus

hibiscus, meniscus, viscous

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Syllabification: dis·cus

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