discus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n discus a disk used in throwing competitions
    • n discus an athletic competition in which a disk-shaped object is thrown as far as possible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discus A disk. See Disk.
    • Discus A quoit; a circular plate of some heavy material intended to be pitched or hurled as a trial of strength and skill.
    • Discus The exercise with the discus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discus In classical antiquity, a circular piece of stone or plate of metal, about 12 inches in diameter, pitched from a fixed point to the greatest possible distance, as a gymnastic exercise and as an athletic contest. The throwing of the discus was a favorite exercise in the athletic games of Greece, and was one of the five exercises which constituted the pentathlon. See cut under discobolus.
    • n discus In anatomy, physical, zoology, and botany, a disk of any kind.
    • n discus [capitalized] In zoöl.: A genus of mollusks, A genus of acalephs.
    • n discus A genus of scombroid fishes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discus dis′kus a quoit, disc.
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Quotations

  • Al Oerter
    Al Oerter
    “I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Disk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. diskos.

Usage

In literature:

Fred was teaching her to throw a heavy stone like a discus.
"Song of the Lark" by Willa Cather
Quoits, as everybody ought to know, were derived from the ancient game of discus.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
No, at Discus's, our freedman.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
But joy died in their hearts when a gust of wind caught the discus as it sped and hurled it against Acrisius, the king.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
Discus: a disc; a somewhat flat circular part or area.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Speake, breath, discus, short, quick, briefe, snap.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" by William Shakespeare
Who are England's hopes in the discus-throwing and the fancy diving?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 15, 1914" by Various
Each one snapped away from the hovering stack, like a thrown discus.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
They diverted themselves in the palace of Odysseus by throwing the discus and javelin.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
The principal figure is on horseback with a discus round his head.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
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In poetry:

As the discus smites the ground,
Smote his golden head the stone;
Of a tall shaft--burst a sound
And but one--his dying groan!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
On his knotted hands, upflung
O'er his low'r'd front--all white,
Fair young Hermos quiv'ring hung;
As the discus flashes bright
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
As the shining discus flies,
From the thrower's strong hand whirl'd;
Hermos cleft the air--his cries
Lance-like to the Spartan hurl'd.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

She finished 11th in the discus and 23rd in the shot put.
Gibson brought home two gold medals in the shot and discus events.
Tornado girls state-bound in discus, long jump too.
Alex Snyder throws the discus a huge 112 feet, 11 inches during Kaneland's home meet against Sycamore on April 10.
Arlington senior Andrew Languille takes his turn at the discus.
In developing DISCUS' data collection system, Elena Amboyan and Anne Carlson, Secant 's managing partners, worked closely with DISCUS members and conducted interviews to review their historic data research needs.
Lake Center Christian field event specialist Jenae Linville returned to the state track meet in two events this year, qualifying in the shot and discus.
With personal records of 56-11 in the shot put and 160-0 in the discus, Provins has set lofty goals for two years down the road.
Rachel Fatherly is a soft-spoken senior from Williamsport Area High School, but when it comes to the shot put and discus events, she needs no voice.
Dornisch now has three gold medals in her career, two in the shot put and one in the discus.
The Wildcats got most of their 23 1/2 points from senior Richie Chavez, who added his third-straight shot put win to Friday's first-place performance in the discus.
Canyon's Chamaya Turner wins gold in shot put , discus.
Borden, Smith, Rose portend big year for discus.
Spring, discuses, javelins, high-jumpers and hurdlers all are in the air at King's West School as the 2008 track and field season began.
Tyler Stockman , second from right, has signed to throw shot put and discus at Emporia State.
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In science:

For this last solution the relation (4.19) is only approximately fulfilled, as we have already discused.
Can the notion of a homogeneous gravitational field be transferred from classical mechanics to the Relativistic Theory of Gravity ?
As we have already discused, his solution has an unccountable singularity.
Can the notion of a homogeneous gravitational field be transferred from classical mechanics to the Relativistic Theory of Gravity ?
Zooms into the central region of seven of the clusters showing the confirmed and candidate multiple–image systems discus sed in the text.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
We briefly discus below the scheme for handling those things.
Relevance of Quantum Mechanics in Circuit Implementation of Ion channels in Brain Dynamics
El Cap´ıtulo 4 est´a dedicado a la descripici´on de las herramientas de reconstrucci´on, as´ı como a la discusi´on de su rendimiento y posibilidades.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
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