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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discus  \Dis"cus\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Discuses},  L.  {Disci}.  [L.  See 
  {Disk}.] 
  1. 
  a  A  quoit;  a  circular  plate  of  some  heavy  material 
  intended  to  be  pitched  or  hurled  as  a  trial  of 
  strength  and  skill. 
  b  The  exercise  with  the  discus. 
 
  Note:  This  among  the  Greeks  was  one  of  the  chief  gymnastic 
  exercises  and  was  included  in  the  Pentathlon  (the 
  contest  of  the  five  exercises).  The  chief  contest  was 
  that  of  throwing  the  discus  to  the  greatest  possible 
  distance. 
 
  2.  A  disk.  See  {Disk}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discus 
  n  1:  an  athletic  competition  in  which  a  disc-shaped  object  is 
  thrown  as  far  as  possible 
  2:  a  disk  used  in  throwing  competitions  [syn:  {saucer}] 




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