One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A heavy thick-centred disc thrown by an athlete, in ancient Greek games or in modern field events.
circle, round, saucer, ringView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘In 1999 he was investigated after trying to substitute a lighter discus in the AAA Championships when finishing sixth though nothing was proved against him.’
- ‘Rolling a ball at pins, throwing a discus or a softball, or spiking a volleyball incorporates the component of power.’
- ‘Having thrown the discus some 33,000 times he attempted to qualify for the 1972 Munich games and 1976 Montreal which were not successful.’
- ‘The shot and discus had special grips making them easier to lift.’
- ‘However, I wasn't allowed to do the discus after a discus accidentally slipped out of my hand, and into the games mistress' car's bonnet, during a practice session.’
- ‘She threw the discus a fine 32. 40m for second place.’
- ‘The modern discus weighs in at just 5 pounds, one-third of the original weight, and the long jumps were done with the contestant carrying a five pound weight in each hand.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘An inscription describing the truce was written on a bronze discus which was displayed at Olympia.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A schoolboy died after being hit in the back by a discus thrown by another pupil during a school sports practice.’
- ‘I was 18 years old, 18 stone, and I thought I could throw a discus - until this man-mountain arrived on the scene.’
- ‘He then threw the discus 51.65 metres for 905 points, again the best performance of the field.’
- ‘The wind wasn't as stiff as I would have liked it to keep the discus up.’
2A small colourful South American freshwater fish with a rounded laterally compressed body, native to South America and popular in aquariums.
Genus Symphysodon, family Cichlidae: several species
- ‘Don't place your discus aquarium near a door as all the movement will cause them stress.’
- ‘Freshwater angelfish have extended dorsal and anal fins and discus fishes, have compressed, disc-like bodies.’
- ‘Young discus fish should not be kept in very soft water as there aren't the right minerals present for good growth.’
- ‘It has been said that the male discus fish will tend to have a less intense color and more pattern while the female tends to be more colorful but with lesser pattern.’
Via Latin from Greek diskos.
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