Meaning of “disk” in the English Dictionary

"disk" in British English

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disknoun [ C ]

uk /dɪsk/ us /dɪsk/

B1 a flat, circular device that is used for storing information:

Put the disk into the drive.
I saved the photos onto a disk for you.
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  • How much data can you store on a floppy disk?
  • a virus erased my hard disk
  • The data is stored on a hard disk and backed up on a floppy disk.
  • The display problems might be due to a shortage of disk space.
  • There's too much data to fit onto just the one disk.
  • Flatten the pastry into a thin disc with your hands.
  • The sun looked like an orange disc, barely visible through the haze of gas and ash that filled the sky.
  • His greatest hits album consists of 2 discs and over 40 songs.
  • A DVD is a five-inch disc that plays films as well as music.
  • A gold disc is awarded when a million dollars worth of records are sold.

(Definition of “disk” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disk" in American English

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disknoun [ C ]

also disc us /dɪsk/

a flat, circular object:

The dog’s name is on a metal disk attached to its collar.

A disk is also a small piece of cartilage (= strong, elastic body tissue) between the bones of a person’s back.

A disk is also a flat, circular device that has a magnetic covering and is used for storing computer information:

a hard disk

(Definition of “disk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disk" in Business English

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disknoun [ C ]

UK also disc uk /dɪsk/ us IT

also magnetic disk a flat circular piece of metal or plastic used for storing information on a computer:

a computer/back-up disk The data has been automatically stored on a back-up disk.
This information can be accessed online as well as on disk.
disk space/storage Its more advanced features include disk compression to save disk space.
transfer/copy/save sth to (a) disk

mainly US disc

(Definition of “disk” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)