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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb discard:

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Definition of the noun discard

What does discard mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: discards

  1. anything that is cast aside or discarded
  2. (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit
    • domain: card game / cards
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: abandonment = the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
    • part of: card game / cards = a game played with playing cards
  3. getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of discard: throwing away
    • more generic word: abandonment = the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
    • more specific word: staging = getting rid of a stage of a multistage rocket

Alternative definition of the noun discard


  1. Anything discarded.
  2. A discarded playing card in a card game.

Definition of the verb discard

What does discard mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: discarded | discarding | discards

  1. throw or cast away
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Steve tossed the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I threw the package away
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination or Locative Preposition] [Destination]Steve tossed the ball to the garden
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Steve tossed the ball from the corner
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] at / to / towards / for [Destination]Steve tossed the ball from the corner to the garden

      Verbs of Throwing (with the same syntax): cast.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of discard: cast aside / cast away / cast out / chuck out / dispose / fling / put away / throw away / throw out / toss / toss away / toss out
    • more generic terms: get rid of / remove = dispose of
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb discard


  1. [transitive] to throw away, to reject


  1. Discard is a musical group.
    • albums: "Demo 2004", "Bury the Sun - Demo 2006", "Carrion"
    • official website:
  2. Discard is a musical group.
    • album: "Death From Above"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Discard

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Google previewCulbertson on Canasta (2016)

by Ely Culbertson

Your partner dealt, the up-card was a 9, the top discard is a queen. Your hand: 2-2-Q-Q-J-9-7-6-5-5-4...

Google previewFundamentals of Communications and Networking (2011)

by Michael G. Solomon, David Kim

A network discard is a situation in which a device drops one or more packets. The two main reasons for discards are: • Security policy—A device discards a packet based on a security policy. Security policies often instruct devices to filter traffic.

Google previewDatabase Archiving (2010)

How to Keep Lots of Data for a Very Long Time by Jack E. Olson

Discard is an event that refers to the removal of the data object from the electronic systems. It is deleted, shredded, and destroyed. Sometimes the term forensic discard is used to imply that, for a specific application, the data is removed ...

Google previewAssistive Technology in the Workplace (2007)

by Desleigh De Jonge, Marcia Joslyn Scherer, Sylvia Rodger

mobility and self-care equipment, are discarded.84 The overarching factor associated with device discard is a change in the priorities or needs of the user. 37,58,84 Factors found to influence continued use of a device are: the performance of ...

Google previewArchaeological Survey (2002)

by E.B. Banning

" Discard is a continuous process, sometimes over hundreds of thousands of years , ...

Google previewThe Complete IS-IS Routing Protocol (2005)

by Hannes Gredler, Walter Goralski

Silent discard is a technique that does not send explicit congestion messages to the sender. Suppressing explicit congestion messages does not further harm the networks' resources if the network is already saturated. Although core routers ...

Google previewUse of Property Rights in Fisheries Management (2000)

Proceedings of the FishRights99 Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 11-19 November 1999 by Ross Shotton

Hence a discard is an undivided loss for all the fleet, and the prevention of a catch-and-discard is a public good. ITQs changed this. There were no longer closures, so vessels had more time to take the juvenile bycatch to port. However, there ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Restaurant Training (2005)

A Complete Ready-to-use Training Program for All Positions in the Food Service Industry by Lora Arduser, Douglas Robert Brown

CORRECTIVE ACTION: Discard if not reheated within 2 hours.

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1992)

Volume 5 - Crystal and Ceramic Filters to Digital-Loop Carrier by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

DISCARD. K-BITS. :(64-K)-BITS. FIG. 8 Cipher feedback (CFB) mode: a, encryption; b, decryption. {'The input block contains a 64-bit initialization vector at the start of encryption/decryption.) form a new DES input block. The new input block is ...

Google previewA complete dictionary of synonyms and antonyms or synonyms and words of opposite meaning

by S. Fallows

Depart, escheat, ignore, drop, dismiss, discard. Reviews. 1:. SYN. Reconsider, revise, examine, survey, inspect. ANT. Discard, dismiss, overlook, skim, disregard , misexamine. Review. 11.. SYN. Reaurvey, retrospect, reconsideration, revisal, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

Fit indexes discard valuable information. For example, algebraic difference indexes discard information about the person's and environment's absolute level on the dimensions measured. Absolute and squared difference indexes further ...

Google previewThe Telecommunications Illustrated Dictionary, Second Edition (2002)

by J.K. Petersen

discard To throw away, be rid of, toss aside. This is usually said of something that is of no interestor further use (or anticipated future use) or that cannot be dealt with or used at a particular instance in time. The concept of discard is ...

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Discard Meaning

Video shows what discard means. to throw away, to reject.. To make a discard; to throw out a card.. To dismiss from employment, confidence, or favour; ...

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Quotes about Discard

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1C3A1R1D2

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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