Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To underline.
  • transitive v. To emphasize; stress.
  • n. A line drawn under writing to indicate emphasis or italic type.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An underline; a line drawn or printed beneath text; the character _.
  • n. A piece of background music.
  • v. To underline; to mark a line beneath text.
  • v. To emphasize or draw attention to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To draw a mark or line under; to underline.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw a mark or line under; underline, as for emphasis.
  • n. A line drawn beneath a written or printed word or passage, as for emphasis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)
  • v. draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to
  • v. give extra weight to (a communication)

Etymologies

From under- +‎ score. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In concept, Conservatism prefers to keep things as they were, more middle-grounded, The origins of the term underscore in reaction to change.

    Somervell County Salon

  • One thing these considerations underscore is the vital importance of state and local fiscal aid as probably the primary federal recession-fighting policy.

    Matthew Yglesias » By Request: Crime and Recession

  • The point I am trying to underscore is simply this: futures and options activity is now a central tool of risk management and an integral adjunct of every major financial institution the world over.

    Free Markets, Foreign Exchange and the International Monetary Market

  • A reporter asked the president if he risked "losing some credibility or even talking down the economy" by using "dire language" in a town hall meeting in economically battered Elkhart, Ind. Obama parried: "What I'm trying to underscore is what the people in Elkhart already understand: that this is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill recession. ...

    Language in time of crisis

  • What all of this does underscore is the vast range of line-items you’re going to find in Mexico.

    Budget/Expenses - 2002

  • "Recent vehicle recalls underscore the need to ensure the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the resources, expertise, and authority it needs to protect consumers from vehicle safety defects," Waxman said in a statement.

    Auto bill draft would require black boxes, allow NHTSA to issue quick recalls

  • Two recent titles underscore the value of accounts by military officers.

    Gary Gallagher: What are the best new Civil War books?

  • These recalls underscore the dangers that the CPSC highlighted last year when it warned parents about the dangers small magnets pose to children.

    CPSC issues another large recall of toys with small magnets

  • Critics say recent food recalls underscore a broken system.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2007

  • Once you have set this up, usually very early in the script when everything gets configured, then you can simply instantiate classes without having to expressly include their declaration files. autoload () function takes the name of the class and attempts to guess where to look for it, and it is common to split names by an underscore, which is why you see so many PHP classes with crazy long names like

    Think Vitamin

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