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From Ancient Greek δίσκος (dískos, a circular plate suited for hurling), from δικείν (dikeín, to hurl, to launch).



disk (plural disks)

  1. A thin, flat, circular plate or similar object.
    A coin is a disk of metal.
  2. (figuratively) Something resembling a disk.
    Venus' disk cut off light from the Sun.
  3. (anatomy) An intervertebral disc.
  4. (dated) A vinyl phonograph/gramophone record.
    Turn the disk over, after it has finished.
  5. (computing) A floppy disk - removable magnetic medium or a hard disk - fixed, persistent digital storage.
    He still uses floppy disks from 1979.
  6. (computing, nonstandard) A disc - either a CD-ROM, an audio CD, a DVD or similar removable storage medium.
    She burned some disks yesterday to back up her computer.
  7. (agriculture) A harrow.
  8. (botany) A ring- or cup-shaped enlargement of the flower receptacle or ovary that bears nectar or, less commonly, the stamens.

Usage notesEdit

In International English, disk is the correct spelling for magnetic disks. If the medium is optical, the variant disc is usually preferred, although computing is a peculiar field for the term. For instance hard disk and other disk drives are always thus spelled, yet so are terms like compact discs. Thus, if referring to a physical drive or older media (3" or 5.25" diskettes) the k is used, but c is used for newer (optical based) media.

Less commonly, in British English, disc has been used for magnetic disks, as in floppy disc and discette.



disk (third-person singular simple present disks, present participle disking, simple past and past participle disked)

  1. (agriculture) to harrow
    • 1916, Various, Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916[1]:
      That is alkali. Mr. Kochendorfer: I have a ten-year apple orchard that I disked last year and kept it tolerably clean this spring.
    • 1948, Various, Northern Nut Growers Association Incorporated 39th Annual Report[2]:
      The next year I plowed and disked the patch of ground and planted potatoes.
    • 1991 September 6, Jerry Sullivan, “Field & Street”, Chicago Reader:
      The soil is plowed and disked and then seeded with a mixture of prairie plants.




disk m

  1. disc, disk (thin, flat, circular plate or similar object)
    hod diskem

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Old SaxonEdit


Proto-Germanic *diskaz, whence also Old English disc, Old Norse diskr


disk m

  1. plate



disk c

  1. counter; table on which business is transacted
  2. washing-up
  3. dirty dishes
  4. (anatomy) disc
  5. disk drive



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