Variant of score
- 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