decathlon

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de·cath·lon

 (dĭ-kăth′lən, -lŏn′)
n.
An athletic contest consisting of ten track and field events: the 100-meter, 400-meter, and 1,500-meter runs; the 110-meter high hurdles; the discus and javelin throws; the shot put; the pole vault; the high jump; and the long jump. Participation in the decathlon is traditionally limited to men.

decathlon

(dɪˈkæθlɒn)
n
(Athletics (Track & Field)) an athletic contest for men in which each athlete competes in ten different events. Compare pentathlon
[C20: from deca- + Greek athlon contest, prize; see athlete]
deˈcathlete n

de•cath•lon

(dɪˈkæθ lɒn)

n.
an athletic contest comprising ten different track-and-field events and won by the contestant amassing the highest total score.
[1910–15; dec- + (pent)athlon]

decathlon

an athletic contest in which the contestants compete for points awarded for performances in ten different track and field events, the winner being the one with the highest aggregate score. The events include 100-meter, 400-meter, and 1500-meter runs, 110-meter high hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault, shot-put, javelin throw, and discus throw. Cf. heptathlon, pentathlon, triathlon.
See also: Athletics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decathlon - an athletic contest consisting of ten different eventsdecathlon - an athletic contest consisting of ten different events
athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics - a contest between athletes
Translations

decathlon

[dɪˈkæθlən] Ndecatlón m

decathlon

[dɪˈkæθlɒn] ndécathlon m

decathlon

nZehnkampf m

decathlon

[dɪˈkæθlən] ndecathlon m inv
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