disk

[disk]
noun
1.
any thin, flat, circular plate or object.
2.
any surface that is flat and round, or seemingly so: the disk of the sun.
3.
disc ( def 1 ).
4.
Computers. any of several types of media consisting of thin, round plates of plastic or metal, used for external storage: magnetic disk; floppy disk; optical disk.
5.
Botany, Zoology. any of various roundish, flat structures or parts.
7.
Botany. (in the daisy and other composite plants) the central portion of the flower head, composed of tubular florets.
8.
any of the circular steel blades that form the working part of a disk harrow.
9.
Mathematics. the domain bounded by a circle.
10.
Archaic. discus.
verb (used with object)
11.
Informal. disc ( def 3 ).
12.
to cultivate (soil) with a disk harrow.
Also, disc (for defs 1, 2, 4–9, 12).


Origin:
1655–65; < Latin discus discus; cf. dish

disklike, adjective

disc, disk.
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disk (dɪsk)
 
n
1.  a variant spelling (esp US and Canadian) of disc
2.  computing Compare drum See also floppy disk magnetic disk, Also called: hard disk a direct-access storage device consisting of a stack of plates coated with a magnetic layer, the whole assembly rotating rapidly as a single unit. Each surface has a read-write head that can move radially to read or write data on concentric tracks

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disk
Amer.Eng. preferred spelling, 1660s, from L. discus "quoit, discus, disk," from Gk. diskos, from dikein "throw." Sense of "phonograph disk" is 1888; disk jockey first recorded 1941; dee-jay is from 1955; DJ is 1961; video version veejay is 1982. Computing sense is from 1947; Disk-drive is from 1952.
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Medical Dictionary

disk or disc (dĭsk)
n.

  1. A thin, flat, circular object or plate.

  2. See lamella.

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disk or disc   (dĭsk)  Pronunciation Key 
    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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Example sentences for disks
Hard disks are sometimes compressed to create additional space.
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