American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A notch or incision, especially one that is made to keep a tally.
- n. Sports & Games A usually numerical record of a competitive event: keeping score.
- n. Sports & Games 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.
- n. Sports & Games The number of points attributed to a competitor or team.
- n. A result, usually expressed numerically, of a test or examination.
- n. An amount due; a debt.
- n. A grievance that is harbored and requires satisfaction: settle an old score.
- n. A ground; a reason.
- n. A group of 20 items.
- n. Large numbers: Scores of people attended the rally.
- n. Music The notation of a musical work.
- n. Music The written form of composition for orchestral or vocal parts.
- n. Music The music written for a film or a play.
- n. Slang 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).
- n. Slang The act or an instance of buying illicit drugs.
- n. Slang A successful robbery.
- n. Slang A sexual conquest.
- v. To mark with lines or notches, especially for the purpose of keeping a record.
- v. To cancel or eliminate by or as if by superimposing lines.
- v. To mark the surface of (meat, for example) with usually parallel cuts.
- v. Sports & Games To gain (a point) in a game or contest.
- v. Sports & Games To count or be worth as points: A basket scores two points.
- v. Sports & Games To keep a written record of the score or events of (a game or contest).
- v. Baseball Sports & Games To cause (a base runner) to cross home plate, especially by getting a hit: scored both runners with a double.
- v. To achieve; win.
- v. To evaluate and assign a grade to.
- v. Music To orchestrate.
- v. Music To arrange for a specific instrument.
- v. To criticize cuttingly; berate.
- v. Slang To succeed in acquiring: scored two tickets to the play.
- v. Slang To succeed in obtaining (an illicit drug): "Aging punks try to impress her with tales of . . . the different drugs they've scored” ( Art Jahnke).
- v. Sports & Games To make a point in a game or contest.
- v. Sports & Games To keep the score of a game or contest.
- v. Slang To achieve a purpose or advantage, especially to make a surprising gain or coup: "They . . . score in places like the bond market” ( Mike Barnicle).
- v. Slang To succeed in seducing someone sexually.
- v. Slang To succeed in buying or obtaining an illicit drug.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A notch; a crack; a fissure; a cleft.
- n. Especially, a notch or cut made on a tally in keeping count of something: formerly a usual mode of reckoning; also, the tally or stick itself; hence, any mark used in reckoning or keeping count.
- n. A reckoning or account kept by scores, marks, or otherwise, as the reckoning for unpaid potations marked with chalk on the tap-room door of a public house; hence, a reckoning or account in general: as, to keep the score.
- n. The marks, or the sum of the marks, placed to one's debit; amount due; debt.
- n. The aggregate of points made by contestants in certain games or matches: as, he makes a good score at cricket or base-ball; the score stood 5 to 1.
- n. The detailed record or register of the various points or items of play made by players in a game or by competitors in a match.
- n. Account; reason; ground; motive.
- n. A line drawn; a long superficial scratch or mark.
- n. Specifically, the line at which a marksman stands in target-shooting, or which forms the “scratch” or startingpoint in a race.
- n. In music, a written or printed draft or copy of a composition on a set of two or more staffs braced and barred together. In a full or orchestral score, a separate staff is assigned to each instrument and voice, so that it contains all that is indicated in all the instrumental or vocal parts taken together. A vocal or piano score is one in which the voice-parts are given in full, usually on separate staffs, while the accompaniment is condensed into two staffs for performance on a pianoforte or organ. An organ score is either the same as the last or one in which three staffs are used, as in regular organ music. A score in which more than one part is written on a staff is called short, close, or compressed, especially in the case of four-part vocal music when written on two staffs; but these terms are also occasionally applied to an abridged or skeleton transcription. In an orchestral score the various parts are usually grouped, so that instruments of the same class appear together. The usual arrangement is (read downward) wood wind (flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons), brass wind (horns, trumpets, trombones), percussives (tympani, cymbals), upper strings (violins, violas), voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), lower strings (violoncellos, double basses); but considerable variations from this order occur. The arts of reading from a full score, and of transcribing for the pianoforte from such a score, are among the most difficult branches of musical accomplishment. Also
- n. The number twenty, as being marked off by a special score or tally, or a separate series of marks; twenty.
- n. In old archery, twenty yards: thus, a mark of twelve score meant a mark at the distance of 240 yards.
- n. Twenty pounds weight: as, a score of meal. [Ireland and West of Eng.]
- n. Nautical: The groove cut in the side and bottom of a block or deadeye for the strapping to fit in.
- n. A notch or groove made in a piece of timber or metal to allow another piece to be neatly fitted into it.
- To make scores or cuts in or upon; mark with incisions, notches, or grooves; furrow; slash; specifically, to make a long shallow cut in (cardboard or very thick paper), so that the card or paper can be bent without breaking, as for book-covers or folded cards.
- To incise; engrave.
- To stripe; braid.
- To mark or record by a cut or score; in general, to mark; note; record.
- To set down, enter, or charge as a debt or debtor: sometimes with up.
- To succeed in making or winning and having entered to one's account or credit, as points, hits, runs, etc., in certain games; make a score of: as, he scored twenty runs; to score another victory.
- In music:
- To write out in score; transcribe.
- Same as orchestrate: as, the movement is scored for brass and strings only.
- To arrange for a different instrument.
- Milit., to produce erosion of (the bore of a gun) by the explosion of large charges.
- To keep the score or reckoning; act as scorer.
- To make points or runs in a game; succeed in having points or runs entered to one's credit or account; also, to be a winner or have the advantage: as, in the first inning he failed to score; A struggled hard, but B scored.
- To run up a score; be or become a purchaser on credit.
- A Middle English form of scour.
- n. In archery, a record of all the shots of an archer; a record of all the shots of all the archers in a shooting-match; the sum of all the units won by an archer in a round. See round, 7 .
- In lumbering, to chip off the side of a log to a line, preparatory to facing it by hewing.
- Specifically, in archery, to keep a record of all the shots of one or several archers; make an entry on such a record. By the present method of scoring, hits in the gold, red, blue, black, and white are scored 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1 respectively. See target, 2.
- In horse-racing, to try for a start.
- To part or tend to part along the elements of the surface: said of castings which split from unequal contraction on cooling of the various parts.
- In geology, to erode in striæ or grooves: said of glaciers. See rock-scoring.
- n. The total number of points earned by a participant in a game.
- n. The number of points accrued by each of the participants in a game, expressed as a ratio or a series of numbers.
- n. The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a grade.
- n. Twenty, 20 (number).
- n. music One or more parts of a musical composition in a format indicating how the composition is to be played.
- n. cricket A presentation of how many runs a side has scored, and how many wickets have been lost.
- n. cricket The number of runs scored by a batsman, or by a side, in either an innings or a match.
- n. subject
- v. intransitive To earn points in a game.
- v. transitive To earn (points) in a game.
- v. intransitive To achieve (a score) in e.g. a test.
- v. intransitive To record (the score) for a game or a match
- v. transitive To scratch (paper or cardboard) with a sharp implement to make it easier to fold.
- v. transitive To make fine, shallow lines with a sharp implement as cutting indications.
- v. intransitive, slang To have sexual intercourse.
- v. transitive, slang To acquire or gain.
- v. intransitive To obtain something desired.
- v. transitive To provide (a film, etc.) with a musical score.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A notch or incision; especially, one that is made as a tally mark; hence, a mark, or line, made for the purpose of account.
- n. An account or reckoning; account of dues; bill; hence, indebtedness.
- n. Account; reason; motive; sake; behalf.
- n. The number twenty, as being marked off by a special score or tally; hence, in pl., a large number.
- n. A distance of twenty yards; -- a term used in ancient archery and gunnery.
- n. Prov. Eng. A weight of twenty pounds.
- n. The number of points gained by the contestants, or either of them, in any game, as in cards or cricket.
- n. A line drawn; a groove or furrow.
- n. (Mus.) The original and entire draught, or its transcript, of a composition, with the parts for all the different instruments or voices written on staves one above another, so that they can be read at a glance; -- so called from the bar, which, in its early use, was drawn through all the parts.
- n. the grade received on an examination, such as those given in school or as a qualifying examination for a job or admission to school; -- it may be expressed as a percentage of answers which are correct, or as a number or letter.
- v. To mark with lines, scratches, or notches; to cut notches or furrows in; to notch; to scratch; to furrow.
- v. Especially, to mark with significant lines or notches, for indicating or keeping account of something.
- v. To mark or signify by lines or notches; to keep record or account of; to set down; to record; to charge.
- v. rare To engrave, as upon a shield.
- v. To make a score of, as points, runs, etc., in a game.
- v. (Mus.) To write down in proper order and arrangement. See Score, n., 9.
- v. (Geol.) To mark with parallel lines or scratches.
- v. To keep the score in a game; to act as scorer.
- v. To make or count a point or points, as in a game; to tally.
- v. To run up a score, or account of dues.
- v. slang To succeed in finding a partner for sexual intercourse; to make a sexual conquest.
- v. slang To purchase drugs illegally.
- n. a set of twenty members
- n. grounds.
- v. write a musical score for
- n. a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
- n. the act of scoring in a game or sport
- n. the facts about an actual situation
- v. make small marks into the surface of
- v. gain points in a game
- n. an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar)
- v. make underscoring marks
- v. assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
- n. a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
- n. a written form of musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages
- v. get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance
- n. a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
- v. induce to have sex
- n. a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
- n. a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse
- From the Old English scora, notch (and hence, a tally). (For twenty: The mark on a tally made by drovers for every twenty beasts passing through a tollgate.) (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English scoru, twenty, from Old Norse skor; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Here is hoping for an improvement in score from a ‘D’ to at least a ‘B’ (or ‘B+’) when you next put ‘pen to paper’.”
“The piano and violin score is haunting and reminiscent of The Nines.”
“To be honest Madge is pretty awful in almost every movie role she chooses Evita was a musical performance above anything else, but Die Another Day bears special mention for both her equally dogawful contribution to the title score, and hopelessly flimsy cameo appearance as a lesbian fencing instructor who jabs "I don't like cockfights".”
“And the score is a hodgepodge of dreamy ballads, folk and patriotic song parodies and dense bits of sprechstimme, or speak-singing.”
“Personally, I really think that this score is awesome.”
“The facetious response would have involved the word "score".”
“If this score is as good – or, dare I say, better – than the NM score, I shall be one happy girl!”
“Lot of dust flying but in the end the score is the same.”
“It doesn't matter what the score is after 3, 4, 5, there's still a lot of game left," Jeter said.”
“A soundtrack album of the score is available from Varese Sarabande Records on August 4, 2009.”
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