Disco vs Pop - What's the difference?

disco | pop |

As a verb disco

is .

As a noun pop is

a social club and debating society at or pop can be (also in plural) a popular classical music concert.




  • (countable, slightly dated) A short form of discotheque , a nightclub for dancing.
  • (uncountable) A genre of dance music that was popular in the , characterized by elements of soul music with a strong Latin-American beat and often accompanied by pulsating lights.
  • Synonyms

    * (place for dancing ): club, nightclub


    (en verb)
  • To dance disco-style dances.
  • To go to discotheques.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=February 16, author=Cathy Horyn, title=Designers Square Off: Sexy vs. Classy, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Learning that a discoing sex appeal has returned to the runways is a little like hearing that Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb are reuniting.}}


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    Etymology 1

    Onomatopoeic – used to describe the sound, or short, sharp actions.


  • (label) A loud, sharp sound as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
  • An effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
  • * 1941 , LIFE magazine, 8 September 1941, page 27:
  • The best thing on the table was a tray full of bottles of lemon pop .
  • A bottle, can, or serving of effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
  • Shortened from (pop shot): a quick, possibly unaimed, shot with a firearm. Possibly confusion, by assonance, with (pot) as in (pot shot).
  • (label) A portion, a quantity dispensed.
  • (label) The removal of a data item from the top of a stack.
  • * 2011 , Mark Lutz, Programming Python , page 1371:
  • A bird, the European redwing.
  • (label) The sixth derivative of the position vector with respect to time (after velocity, acceleration, jerk, jounce, crackle), i.e. the rate of change of crackle.
  • Synonyms

    * (soda pop) see the list at (m)
    Derived terms
    : (see below)


  • (label) To burst (something): to cause to burst.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) , chapter 1:
  • The waves came round her. She was a rock. She was covered with the seaweed which pops when it is pressed. He was lost.
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  • The court was told Robins had asked if she could use the oven to heat some baby food for her child. Knutton heard a loud popping' noise "like a crisp packet being ' popped " coming from the kitchen followed by a "screeching" noise. When she saw what had happened to the kitten she was sick in the sink.
  • To act suddenly, unexpectedly or quickly.
  • To hit (something or someone).
  • (label) To shoot (usually somebody) with a firearm.
  • (label) To ejaculate.
  • (label) To remove (a data item) from the top of a stack.
  • * 2010 , Enrico Perla, ?Massimiliano Oldani, A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core (page 55)
  • Once the callee (the called function) terminates, it cleans the stack that it has been locally using and pops the next value stored on top of the stack.
  • * 2011 , John Mongan, ?Noah Kindler, ?Eric Giguère, Programming Interviews Exposed
  • The algorithm pops the stack to obtain a new current node when there are no more children (when it reaches a leaf).
  • (label) To place (something) (somewhere).
  • * Milton
  • He popped a paper into his hand.
  • To swallow (a tablet of a drug).
  • * 1994 , Ruth Garner and Patricia A. Alexander, Beliefs about text and instruction with text :
  • We were drinking beer and popping pills — some really strong downers. I could hardly walk and I had no idea what I was saying.
  • To perform (a move or stunt) while riding a board or vehicle.
  • * 1995 , David Brin, Startide Rising :
  • Huck spun along the beams and joists, making me gulp when she popped a wheelie or swerved past a gaping hole...
  • * 2009 , Ben Wixon, Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design :
  • The tail is the back of the deck; this is the part that enables skaters to pop ollies...
  • To undergo equalization of pressure when the Eustachian tubes open.
  • To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound.
  • To enter, or issue forth, with a quick, sudden movement; to move from place to place suddenly; to dart; with in'', ''out'', ''upon , etc.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He that killed my king / Popp'd in between the election and my hopes.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • a trick of popping up and down every moment
  • To burst open with a pop, when heated over a fire.
  • To stand out, to be visually distinctive.
  • *
  • She also looked like a star - and not the Beltway type. On a stage full of stiff suits, she popped .