Definition of discus in English:



  • 1A heavy thick-centered disk thrown by an athlete, in ancient Greek games or in modern field events.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An inscription describing the truce was written on a bronze discus which was displayed at Olympia.’
    • ‘The wind wasn't as stiff as I would have liked it to keep the discus up.’
    • ‘I was 18 years old, 18 stone, and I thought I could throw a discus - until this man-mountain arrived on the scene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A schoolboy died after being hit in the back by a discus thrown by another pupil during a school sports practice.’
    • ‘She threw the discus a fine 32. 40m for second place.’
    • ‘He then threw the discus 51.65 metres for 905 points, again the best performance of the field.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    circle, round, saucer, discus, ring
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    1. 1.1The athletic event or sport of throwing the discus.
      ‘she had placed first in the discus’
      • ‘The talented athlete competed in the under-16 discus event.’
      • ‘For 2005 there will be a greater emphasis on training for the field events such as shot putt, javelin, discus etc. as well as sprinting, hurdles and distance running.’
      • ‘The last field event of the afternoon saw Andrew produce another impressive performance with a throw of 41. 10m to take the U - 17 men's discus.’
      • ‘The strength events, javelin and discus, are my strength.’
      • ‘Kevin took bronze in both the pole vault and discus events.’
      • ‘They all took part in events such as, javelin, discus, wrestling and track races.’
      • ‘Since the simple foot races, jumping, discus and javelin events that marked the early Games in Greece, the basic tests of speed and strength have remained a key element of the modern Olympics.’
      • ‘At the Coimbatore Junior State athletic meet held a few months ago, he won gold in both shot put and discus throw events.’
      • ‘In recent weeks he has obliterated the South Munster and Munster schools' records in both shot putt and discus, with throws of up to 18.37m and 48.40m respectively.’
      • ‘When the girl started winning laurels in intra-college events in sprints, long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin and discus, she was sent for inter-college competitions.’
      • ‘Stadion running, discus and javelin were some of the early athletic events in that era.’
      • ‘He won the long jump and came second in both the 100m hurdles and in the discus with a second best ever throw of 41. 91m.’
      • ‘The Pentathlon consisted of five events; the long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, foot race, and wrestling.’
      • ‘They even had their own Olympic games, which included chariot-racing, and discus and javelin throwing.’
      • ‘Field events include the club throw, shot put, discus and javelin.’
      • ‘The various competitions included field sports, discus throwing, hop, skip and jump, high jump and long jump, and running events.’
      • ‘No other competitor came near the two men who have dominated discus throwing in the last three years.’
      • ‘Nominations for this weekend's carnival indicate that there will be 200 or more athletes participating across the traditional disciplines of long and high jumps, sprints, walks, shot put and discus.’
      • ‘But I knew that I probably failed my sport scholarship already, so when it was time to do javelin, long jump, high jump, discus and shot put, I relaxed.’
      • ‘Even if you managed to meet these requirements, there were still only a limited number of sports to compete in; foot races, discus, javelin, long jump, wrestling, boxing, the pentathlon and equestrian events.’
  • 2A small colorful South American freshwater fish with a rounded laterally compressed body, native to South America and popular in aquariums.


Via Latin from Greek diskos.