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Etymology

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

Noun

Singular
disk

Plural
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disk ({{{1}}})
  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. (dated) A vinyl phonograph / gramophone record.
    Turn the disk over, after it has finished.
  4. (computing) A floppy disk - removable magnetic medium or a hard disk - fixed, persistent digital storage.
    He still uses floppy disks from 1979.
  5. (computing, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.

Usage notes

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 thusly 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.

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Swedish

Noun

disk c.

Inflection for disk Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative disk disken diskar diskarna
Genitive disks diskens diskars diskarnas
  1. counter; table on which business is transacted
  2. washing-up
  3. dirty dishes
  4. (anatomy) disc
  5. disk drive

Synonyms

disk drive

Derived terms

counter

washing-up

dirty dishes

disc (anatomy)

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