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[disk] /dɪsk/
a phonograph record.
disk (defs 1, 2, 4–9).
verb (used with object)
Informal. to make (a recording) on a phonograph disc.
disk (defs 11, 12).
Also, disk (for defs 1, 3).
Origin of disc
see disk
Can be confused
disc, disk.


variant of disco- before a vowel.


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Examples from the web for disc
  • Different movements are achieved depending on how you arrange the shapes on each segment of the disc.
  • Today a memory disc drive storing that amount of information weighs a few pounds and can be bought for about a thousand dollars.
  • And publishers no longer have to worry about piracy, as their games live in the cloud rather than on a disc that can be copied.
  • The disc with this player containing a digital programme is not satisfied with me due to the strange design of language.
  • Turn on your kitchen tap and the steady stream of water will spread out into a thin circular disc when it hits the sink.
  • Second, mining ought to change the size distribution of objects in the debris disc.
  • Clicking a metal disc in the solution creates a nucleation center that causes the solution to rapidly crystallize, releasing heat.
  • It failed to pick up a flat disc or a ball of cotton, for example.
  • After a few minutes, the solar disc swiftly revealed itself.
  • In reality the geostationary orbital plane isn't a perfectly thin disc.
British Dictionary definitions for disc


a flat circular plate
something resembling or appearing to resemble this: the sun's disc
another word for (gramophone) record
(anatomy) any approximately circular flat structure in the body, esp an intervertebral disc
  1. the flat receptacle of composite flowers, such as the daisy
  2. (as modifier): a disc floret
the middle part of the lip of an orchid
  1. Also called parking disc. a marker or device for display in a parked vehicle showing the time of arrival or the latest permitted time of departure or both
  2. (as modifier): a disc zone, disc parking
(computing) a variant spelling of disk (sense 2)
to work (land) with a disc harrow
Word Origin
C18: from Latin discus, from Greek diskos quoit
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Word Origin and History for disc

Latinate spelling preferred in British English for most uses of disk (q.v.). American English tends to use it in the musical recording sense; originally of phonograph records, recently of compact discs. Hence, discophile "enthusiast for gramophone recordings" (1940).

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disc in Medicine

disc (dĭsk)

  1. Variant of disk.

  2. A discus.

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disc in Science
disk or disc
    1. See magnetic disk.

    2. See optical disk.

  1. See intervertebral disk.

  2. The round, flat center, consisting of many disk flowers, found in the inflorescences of many composite plants such as the daisy.

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disc in Technology

storage, spelling
British spelling of "disk", normally only used for "compact disc".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for disc


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  1. discount
  2. discovered
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