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disc British & World English

A flat, thin circular object

disc English Thesaurus

the sun was a huge scarlet disc

disc golf British & World English

A game in which a concave plastic disc is thrown into each of a series of metal baskets on an outdoor course, the object being to complete the course using the fewest possible throws

disc-like British & World English

Having a flat, circular shape or appearance

gold disc British & World English

A framed golden disc awarded to a recording artist or group for sales of a recording exceeding a specified high figure

sun disc British & World English

(Especially in ancient Egypt) a winged disc representing a sun god

tax disc British & World English

A circular label displayed on the windscreen of a motor vehicle, certifying payment of road tax

brake disc British & World English

The disc attached to the wheel in a disc brake

disc brake British & World English

A type of vehicle brake employing the friction of pads against a disc which is attached to the wheel

disc camera British & World English

A camera in which the images are formed on a disc, rather than on film

disc floret British & World English

(In a composite flower head of the daisy family) any of a number of small tubular and usually fertile florets that form the disc. In rayless plants such as the tansy the flower head is composed entirely of disc florets

disc harrow British & World English

A harrow with cutting edges consisting of a row of concave discs set at an oblique angle

disc jockey British & World English

A person who introduces and plays recorded popular music, especially on radio or at a club

disc-shaped British & World English

Flat, thin, and circular like a disc

disc wheel British & World English

A bicycle wheel with a central disc in place of spokes

flying disc British & World English

A concave plastic disc designed for skimming through the air as an outdoor game or amusement

optic disc British & World English

The raised disc on the retina at the point of entry of the optic nerve, lacking visual receptors and so creating a blind spot

Secchi disc British & World English

An opaque disc, typically white, used to gauge the transparency of water by measuring the depth—known as the Secchi depth—at which the disc ceases to be visible from the surface

silver disc British & World English

A framed silver-coloured disc awarded to a recording artist or group for sales of a recording exceeding a specified figure (lower than those required for a gold disc)

disc jockey New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words; abbreviation DJ)

compact disc British & World English

A small plastic disc on which music or other digital information is stored in the form of a pattern of metal-coated pits from which it can be read using laser light reflected off the disc

imaginal disc British & World English

A thickening of the epidermis of an insect larva which, on pupation, develops into a particular organ of the adult insect

platinum disc British & World English

A framed platinum disc awarded to a recording artist or group for sales of a record exceeding a specified high figure

slipped disc British & World English

A cartilaginous disc between vertebrae in the spine that is displaced or partly protruding, pressing on nearby nerves and causing back pain or sciatica

sucking disc British & World English

An animal’s sucker, especially one on the end of each tube foot of an echinoderm

trochal disc British & World English

(In a rotifer) a ring of cilia that is used in feeding and (in most kinds) swimming

accretion disc British & World English

A rotating disc of matter formed by accretion around a massive body (such as a black hole) under the influence of gravitation

prolapsed disc British & World English

Another term for slipped disc.

hard disk British & World English

A rigid non-removable magnetic disk with a large data storage capacity

minidisc British & World English

A disc having a format similar to a small CD but able to record sound or data as well as play it back

disk drive British & World English

A device which allows a computer to read from and write on to computer disks

disc drive in disk drive British & World English

A device which allows a computer to read from and write on to computer disks

floppy disk in floppy British & World English

A flexible removable magnetic disk (typically encased in a hard plastic shell) for storing data

videodisc British & World English

A CD-ROM or other disc used to store visual images

intervertebral disc in disc British & World English

A layer of cartilage separating adjacent vertebrae in the spine


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