Definition of discard in English:


Line breaks: dis|card


Pronunciation: /dɪˈskɑːd
[with object]


Pronunciation: /ˈdɪskɑːd
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  • 1A thing rejected as no longer useful or desirable.
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    • Caught by bottom-trawling, which causes damage to the seabed, and is part of a complex mixed fishery (like cod), and so discards are a problem.
    • ‘It has shown a lot of potential in reducing discards, whilst at the same time maintaining good quantities of prawns and we will looking at using the design on our boats on a permanent basis,’ he said.
    • The industry is advocating an alternative policy based on technical conservation measures, closed areas, reduction of discards and strict but even handed enforcement.
  • 1.1(In bridge, whist, and similar card games) a card played which is neither of the suit led nor a trump, when one is unable to follow suit.
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    • If this happens while more than one player requires cards, all the discards are shuffled to form a new stock to deal from.
    • Ace discards are displayed separately from the central discard pile, so that all can see how many Aces have appeared.
    • If 2 or more players play discards to a trick that are the same denomination, suits come into play.



Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkɑːdəb(ə)l/
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  • The evenings probably weren't all that unlike the other readings, except that the material was probably more instantly accessible, and, arguably, discardable.
  • But essentially if something has no impact whatsoever on your existence and there is no way of proving its existence, then it's discardable in all ethical and philosophical terms.
  • Just because you don't fall into this particular line, or know a few exceptions personally, doesn't mean it's completely discardable.


late 16th century (originally in the sense 'reject (a playing card')): from dis- (expressing removal) + the noun card1.

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