- 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.
- 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 of scoreMiddle English ; from Old English scoru ; from Old Norse skor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear
transitive verbscored, scoring
- 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 of scoreME 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
- 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: You have nothing to worry about on that score.
- 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. An instance of having sexual intercourse with a desired partner.
- A notch or incision, especially one that is made to keep a tally.
verbscored scored, scor·ing, scores
- To achieve or accomplish: scored a success in the play.
- Sports & Games a. To achieve or gain in a game or contest: score a touchdown.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 evaluate and assign a grade to: score a test.
- Music a. To orchestrate (a piece of music).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 &ellipsis; the different drugs they've scored” (Art Jahnke).
- a. To mark (a piece of paper or wood, for example) with lines or notches, especially for the purpose of keeping a record.b. To cancel or eliminate by superimposing lines.c. To mark the surface of (meat, for example) with usually parallel cuts.
- Sports & Games a. To make a point or points in a game or contest.b. To record the score or progress of a game or contest.
- Slang a. To achieve a purpose or advantage, especially to make a surprising gain or coup: “They &ellipsis; score in places like the bond market” (Mike Barnicle).b. To succeed in having sexual relations with a desired partner.c. To succeed in buying or obtaining an illicit drug.
Origin of scoreMiddle English, crack, scratch, tally stick, tally of twenty, from Old English scoru (attested only in the sense “twenty”), from Old Norse skor, notch, tally stick, tally of twenty; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The total number of points earned by a participant in a game.
- The player with the highest score is the winner.
- The number of points accrued by each of the participants in a game, expressed as a ratio or a series of numbers.
- The score is 8-1 although it's not even half-time!
- The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a grade.
- The test scores for this class were high.
- (cricket) A presentation of how many runs a side has scored, and how many wickets have been lost.
- England had a score of 107 for 5 at lunch.
- (cricket) The number of runs scored by a batsman, or by a side, in either an innings or a match.
- Twenty, 20 (number).
- Some words have scores of meanings.
- A distance of twenty yards, in ancient archery and gunnery.
- A weight of twenty pounds.
- (music) One or more parts of a musical composition in a format indicating how the composition is to be played.
- Account; reason; motive; sake; behalf.
- A notch or incision; especially, one that is made as a tally mark; hence, a mark, or line, made for the purpose of account.
- An account or reckoning; account of dues; bill; hence, indebtedness.
(third-person singular simple present scores, present participle scoring, simple past and past participle scored)
- (intransitive) To earn points in a game.
- PelÃ© scores again!
- To earn (points) in a game.
- It is unusual for a team to score a hundred goals in one game.
- (intransitive) To achieve (a score) in e.g. a test.
- (intransitive) To record (the score) for a game or a match.
- To scratch (paper or cardboard) with a sharp implement to make it easier to fold.
- To make fine, shallow lines with a sharp implement, for example as cutting indications.
- The baker scored the cake so the servers would know where to slice it.
- (intransitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse.
- Chris finally scored with Pat last week.
- (slang) To acquire or gain.
- Did you score tickets for the concert?
- (intransitive) To obtain something desired.
- To provide (a film, etc.) with a musical score.
From the Old English scora (â€œnotchâ€) (hence, a tally). (For twenty: The mark on a tally made by drovers for every twenty beasts passing through a tollgate.)