- The score is the total number of points received by each team or player, the total amount of points you receive for something or the current or present status of a situation.
- An example of score is when a hockey game is 2:2.
- An example of score is when you earn a 100 percent on your test.
- An example of score is when you understand who is in charge of a house.
- To score is defined as to earn points, especially in a game or sport, to have something be a success or to get something you've been hoping for or wishing for.
- An example of score is when you get the ball through the hoop in a basketball game.
- An example of score is when you do something to make your mother-in-law like you.
- An example of score is when you get a great new job.
Someone has just scored.
score definition by Webster's New World
- a scratch, mark, incision, etc.: scores made on ice by skates
- a line drawn or scratched, often to mark a starting point, etc.
- notches made in wood, marks made as with chalk, etc., to keep tally or account
- an amount or sum due; account; debt
- a grievance or wrong one seeks to settle or get even for
- anything offered as a reason or motive; ground: on the score of poverty
- the number of points made in a game or contest by a player or team, or the record of these points
- a grade or rating, as on a test or examination
- a number indicative of quality, usually based on an arbitrary scale in which 100 means perfection in certain specified characteristics: 92 score butter
- twenty people or things; set of twenty
- very many
- Informal a successful move, stroke, remark, etc.
- ☆ Informal
- the way that life or a certain situation really is; real facts
- the pertinent facts; lowdown
- Slang the victim of a swindle; mark
- Slang the act of getting or stealing, as drugs
- Dancing notation used to indicate dancers' movements, as in a ballet
- a written or printed copy of a composition, showing all the parts for the instruments or voices
- the music for a stage production, film, etc., esp. as distinguished from the lyrics, dialogue, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English scoru ; from Old Norse skor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear
- to mark with notches, scratches, cuts, lines, etc.
- to crease or partly cut (cardboard, paper, etc.) for accurate folding or tearing
- to cancel or mark out by lines drawn: with out
- to mark with lines or notches in keeping account
- to keep account of by or as by lines or notches; reckon; tally; mark
- to make (runs, hits, goals, etc.) in a game and so add to one's number of points
- to count toward the number of points: a touchdown scores 6
- to record or enter the score of
- to record or add (points) to one's score
- ☆ Baseball to bring (a runner) home as by getting a hit
- to get by effort or merit; gain: to score a resounding success
- to grade (an examination, etc.); rate or evaluate, as in testing
- to get (a specified grade) on a test
- to raise welts on by lashing
- ☆ to criticize severely; upbraid
- Slang to get or steal (drugs, money, etc.)
- Cooking to cut superficial gashes in (meat, etc.)
- Music, Dancing to orchestrate, arrange, or write out in a score
Origin: ME scoren
- to make a point or points, as in a game
- to keep the score, as of a game
- to be rated by one's score on a test
- to gain an advantage
- to win or enjoy credit, popularity, success, etc.
- to make notches, lines, gashes, etc.
- Slang to have sexual intercourse
- scorer noun
score definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A notch or incision, especially one that is made to keep a tally.
- Sports & Games a. A usually numerical record of a competitive event: keeping score.b. The total number of points made by each competitor or side in a contest, either final or at a given stage: The score stood tied in the bottom of the ninth inning.c. The number of points attributed to a competitor or team.
- A result, usually expressed numerically, of a test or examination.
- a. An amount due; a debt.b. A grievance that is harbored and requires satisfaction: settle an old score.
- A ground; a reason.
- A group of 20 items.
- scores Large numbers: Scores of people attended the rally.
- Music a. The notation of a musical work.b. The written form of a composition for orchestral or vocal parts.c. The music written for a film or a play.
- Slang a. The act of securing an advantage, especially a surprising or significant gain: “He had dropped out of school and gone for that quick dollar, that big score” (Peter Goldman).b. The act or an instance of buying illicit drugs.c. A successful robbery.d. A sexual conquest.
- To mark with lines or notches, especially for the purpose of keeping a record.
- To cancel or eliminate by or as if by superimposing lines.
- To mark the surface of (meat, for example) with usually parallel cuts.
- Sports & Games a. To gain (a point) in a game or contest.b. To count or be worth as points: A basket scores two points.c. To keep a written record of the score or events of (a game or contest).d. Baseball To cause (a base runner) to cross home plate, especially by getting a hit: scored both runners with a double.
- To achieve; win.
- To evaluate and assign a grade to.
- Music a. To orchestrate.b. To arrange for a specific instrument.
- To criticize cuttingly; berate.
- Slang a. To succeed in acquiring: scored two tickets to the play.b. To succeed in obtaining (an illicit drug): “Aging punks try to impress her with tales of . . . the different drugs they've scored” (Art Jahnke).
- Sports & Games a. To make a point in a game or contest.b. To keep the score of a game or contest.
- Slang a. To achieve a purpose or advantage, especially to make a surprising gain or coup: “They . . . score in places like the bond market” (Mike Barnicle).b. To succeed in seducing someone sexually.c. To succeed in buying or obtaining an illicit drug.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English scoru, twenty, from Old Norse skor; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- scorˈer noun