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disc

Noun

1 sound recording consisting of a disc with continuous grooves; formerly used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracked in the grooves [syn: phonograph record, phonograph recording, record, disk, platter]
2 something with a round shape like a flat circular plate [syn: disk, saucer]
3 (computer science) a memory device consisting of a flat disk covered with a magnetic coating on which information is stored [syn: magnetic disk, magnetic disc, disk]
4 a flat circular plate [syn: disk]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

Latin discus through French disque

Pronunciation

  • , /dɪsk/, /dIsk/

Noun

  1. A thin, flat, circular plate or similar object.
    A coin is a disc of metal.
  2. An intervertebral disc.
  3. Something resembling a disc.
    Venus' disc cut off light from the Sun.
  4. A vinyl phonograph / gramophone record.
    Turn the disc over, after it has finished.

Usage notes

See usage notes at the disk entry.

Translations

a thin, flat, circular plate
intervertebral disc
something resembling a disk
a vinyl phonograph / gramophone record

Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *disk(s) < Latin discus. Cognate with Old High German tisc (German Tisch ‘table’), Old Saxon disk (Dutch disch ‘table’), Old Norse diskr ‘plate’.

Pronunciation

  • /diʃ/

Noun

disc (plural: discas)

Descendants

Extensive Definition

Disc or disk may refer to:

Data storage

  • Aluminum disc, a magnetic recording disc used mainly for early radio recordings
  • Blu-ray Disc, a high-density optical disc intended mainly for video storage
  • Compact Disc, a form of optical disc used mainly for audio data
  • Disc film, a still-photography film format
  • Disk storage, a general category of data storage mechanisms
  • DVD, a form of optical disc used mainly for video and other data
  • Enhanced Versatile Disc, an optical medium-based digital audio/video format under development (shortform EVD)
  • Floppy disk, a magnetic data storage device using a flexible disc
  • Hard disk drive, a non-volatile magnetic data storage device
  • HD DVD, a high-density optical disc intended mainly for video storage
  • Laserdisc, the first commercial optical disc storage medium
  • MiniDisc, a magneto-optical disc-based data storage device
  • Optical disc, a polycarbonate disc
  • RAM disk, a volatile solid state drive
  • Transcription disc, a gramophone record
  • A generic name for secondary storage in a computer

Science

  • Accretion disk, diffuse material in orbital motion around a central body such as a star or black hole
  • Death Inducing Signaling Complex, in biology, a multi-protein complex formed by members of the death receptor family of apoptosis-inducing cellular receptors
  • Debris disk, a ring shaped circumstellar disk of dust and debris in orbit around a star
  • DISC assessment, in psychology, a group of psychometric tests based on the work of William Moulton Marston
  • Disc (galaxy), a disc-shaped group of stars
  • Disk (mathematics), the region in a plane surrounded by a circle
  • Intervertebral disc, in biology, part of the spine of an animal
  • Protoplanetary disk, a rotating disc of dense gas surrounding a newly formed star, a form of accretion disc
  • Scattered disc, a distant region of the Solar System thinly populated by icy minor planets
  • Unit disk, a disc (mathematics) with radius one

Motoring

Other uses

disc in Bulgarian: Диск
disc in Catalan: Disc (desambiguació)
disc in Czech: Disk
disc in Modern Greek (1453-): Δίσκος
disc in Persian: دیسک (ابهام‌زدایی)
disc in French: Disque
disc in Korean: 디스크
disc in Hebrew: דיסק
disc in Japanese: ディスク
disc in Russian: Диск
disc in Simple English: Disk
disc in Slovak: Disk
disc in Swedish: Disk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bulletin board, card, cartridge, cassette, catalog card, electrical transcription, file, filing card, film, index card, library catalog, magnetic tape, microcard, microdot, microfiche, microfilm, motion-picture film, phonograph record, platter, record, recording, scoreboard, scorecard, scoresheet, slip, tape, tape cartridge, tape cassette, tape recording, ticker tape, transcription, videotape, wax, wire recording
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