• WordNet 3.6
    • v discard throw or cast away "Put away your worries"
    • n discard getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable
    • n discard (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit
    • n discard anything that is cast aside or discarded
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Discard (Card Playing) The act of discarding; also, the card or cards discarded.
    • Discard To cast off as useless or as no longer of service; to dismiss from employment, confidence, or favor; to discharge; to turn away. "They blame the favorites, and think it nothing extraordinary that the queen should . . . resolve to discard them."
    • v. i Discard (Card Playing) To make a discard.
    • Discard To put or thrust away; to reject. "A man discards the follies of boyhood."
    • Discard (Card Playing) To throw out of one's hand, as superfluous cards; to lay aside (a card or cards).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discard In card playing: In some games, to throw aside or reject from the hand, as a card dealt to the player which by the laws of the game is not needed or can be exchanged.
    • discard In other games, as whist, to throw away on a trick, as a card (not a trump) of a different suit from that led, when one cannot follow suit and cannot or does not wish to trump
    • discard To dismiss, as from service or employment; cast off.
    • discard To thrust away; reject: as, to discard prejudices.
    • discard Synonyms To turn away, discharge.
    • discard In card-playing, to throw cards out of the hand. See I.
    • n discard In card-playing: The act of throwing out of the hand such cards as are unnecessary in the game, or of playing, as in whist, a card not a trump of a different suit from that led.
    • n discard The card or cards thrown out of the hand.
    • n discard Hence One who or that which is cast out or rejected.
    • n discard In poker, the pile of cards made up by the hands which are abandoned without being bet upon, and the cards which have been laid off so as to get others in exchange for them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Discard dis-kärd to throw away, as not needed or not allowed by the game, said of cards: in whist, to throw down a (useless) card of another suit when one cannot follow suit and cannot or will not trump: to cast off: to discharge: to reject
    • n Discard the act of discarding: the card or cards thrown out of the hand
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  • Karl Kraus
    “A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.”
  • Konrad Lorenz
    Konrad Lorenz
    “It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.”


In literature:

His turban alone had been discarded, and stood ready-folded beside him, a miracle of elaborate precision.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
If a player, when it is his turn to draw, do not discard or have not discarded, he shall forfeit his right to discard and draw in that game.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
Her best bet was thrown into the discard.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
One certainly saves a lot of bother when one discards it from one's repertoire.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
By the middle of the afternoon he had discarded his coat and a little later threw away his shirt.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
The first few drops should be discarded, as they may be stained with blood from the puncture, and about 5 c.c.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The sweltering heat caused a gradual discarding of garments.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Remove the inner sack and discard.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Watch me discard that spoon for a knife an' fork.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
Both these theories are now discarded.
"The Children's Book of Stars" by G.E. Mitton

In poetry:

Morning's red yawn,
Evening's pain,
Never will startle the earth, then; Pure from her stain,
Her garments discarded or cleansed by the cold clean hands of the rain.
"Ice Age" by Genevieve Taggard
'A loony'd boast of such a love,'
He in his rage declared:
But such as he for such as me —
Could we both discard
This beggarly habiliment —
Had found a sweeter word.
"Meeting" by William Butler Yeats
Runs swiftly up, indicating war and defiance—And now the halyards
have rais'd it,
Side of my banner broad and blue—side of my starry banner,
Discarding peace over all the sea and land.
"Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break" by Walt Whitman
And forcing the running, discarding all cunning,
A length to the front went the rider in green;
A long strip of stubble, and then the big double,
Two stiff flights of rails with a quickset between.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Old saws and gimlets but its appetite whets,
Like the world-famous bark of Peru;
There's nothing so hard that the bird will discard,
And nothing its taste will eschew
That you
Can give that long-legged Emeu!
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte
Think, think of my sorrow, my unfeign'd emotion,
When coldly you said that you lov'd me no longer;
Discard then, I pray you, discard the false notion,
Which tells you that weak is the love which is stronger .
"Alas! Forgive Me" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

A Vancouver fire marshal said the cause of a Saturday morning fire is "most probably" a discarded cigarette, according to Vancouver fire Capt.
The city and county of San Diego were awarded a total of more than $170,000 in grants from the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for the removal of discarded tires, the department announced today.
Teacher aide working to give discarded materials new uses.
Discarded Fireworks Cause House Fire in Park City.
Sedgwick County fire investigators say an early morning house fire in Park City was caused by discarded fireworks.
Search for discarded radioactive material turns up empty.
Al Smith column 05-03-12 Consistency, color contrasts and discarded line.
Unused e-waste discarded in China raises questions.
One Direction's Discarded Toast Gets $100,000 Bid on eBay.
You know you've made it when people are willing to pay big bucks for your discarded toast.
INTERVIEWS People Will Pay $100,000 for One Direction's Discarded Toast.
The memorial will commemorate the 334 bodies found discarded at the Noble, Ga. Crematory in 2002.
Woman discarded newborn like 'a piece of garbage'.
Cleaning discard ones is the time-consuming part because they are usually very greasy and dusty.
The article also included a photo of an e-mail sent by GameStop management instructing employees to "immediately remove and discard " the coupon.

In science:

During the periods of the scalar field domination, one may discard the other forms of matter and just concentrate on the behaviour of the scalar field driven expansion, therefore, the study of the scalar field models with different self-interaction terms becomes of great interest by its own right.
Exact Inflationary Solutions from a Superpotential
This implies that the na¨ıve sampling strategy consisting in generating points within the unit n-cube, and discarding those falling outside S n is virtually inapplicable – even for very small values of n.
Uniformly Generating Distribution Functions for Discrete Random Variables
When we find such a fold (which takes O(1 + r) time), the creases on the short side are discarded and the two searches are restarted starting from both ends of the segment.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Additionally, one consistently discrepant Fe I line at 6864.32 ˚A was discarded.
A Differential Spectroscopic Analysis of 16 Cygni A and B
The second part of the orthodox quantum dynamics consists of an event that discards from the ensemble of quasi-classical elements mentioned above those elements that are incompatible with the answer that nature returns.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature