- enPR: dĭsk, IPA: /dɪsk/, X-SAMPA: /dIsk/
- A thin, flat, circular plate or similar object .
- ( figuratively ) Something resembling a disk .
- ( dated ) A vinyl phonograph/gramophone record .
- ( computing ) A floppy disk - removable magnetic medium or a hard disk - fixed, persistent digital storage .
- ( computing, nonstandard ) A disc - either a CD-ROM, an audio CD, a DVD or similar removable storage medium .
- ( agriculture ) A harrow .
- ( botany ) A ring- or cup-shaped enlargement of the flower receptacle or ovary that bears nectar or, less commonly, the stamens .
- ( agriculture ) to harrow
- 1916, Various, Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916:
- 1948, Various, Northern Nut Growers Association Incorporated 39th Annual Report:
- 1991 September 6, Jerry Sullivan, “Field & Street”, Chicago Reader:
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 .
Explanation of disk by Wordnet Dictionary
a flat circular plate
- Disk ( dĭsk ), n. [L. discus, Gr. δίσκος. See Dish.] [Written also disc.]
1. A discus; a quoit.
Some whirl the disk, and some the javelin dart. Pope.
2. A flat, circular plate; as, “a disk of metal or paper”.
3. ( Astron. ) The circular figure of a celestial body, as seen projected of the heavens.
4. ( Biol. ) A circular structure either in plants or animals; as, “a blood disk; germinal disk, etc.”
5. ( Bot. ) The whole surface of a leaf. The central part of a radiate compound flower, as in sunflower. A part of the receptacle enlarged or expanded under, or around, or even on top of, the pistil.
6. ( Zool. ) The anterior surface or oral area of cœlenterate animals, as of sea anemones. The lower side of the body of some invertebrates, especially when used for locomotion, when it is often called a creeping disk. In owls, the space around the eyes.
Disk engine, a form of rotary steam engine. -- Disk shell ( Zool. ), any species of Discina.
Definition of disk by GCIDE Dictionary