from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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 a 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.
  • transitive v. To mark with lines or notches, especially for the purpose of keeping a record.
  • transitive v. To cancel or eliminate by or as if by superimposing lines.
  • transitive v. To mark the surface of (meat, for example) with usually parallel cuts.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To gain (a point) in a game or contest.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To count or be worth as points: A basket scores two points.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To keep a written record of the score or events of (a game or contest).
  • transitive v. Baseball Sports & Games To cause (a base runner) to cross home plate, especially by getting a hit: scored both runners with a double.
  • transitive v. To achieve; win.
  • transitive v. To evaluate and assign a grade to.
  • transitive v. Music To orchestrate.
  • transitive v. Music To arrange for a specific instrument.
  • transitive v. To criticize cuttingly; berate.
  • transitive v. Slang To succeed in acquiring: scored two tickets to the play.
  • transitive 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).
  • intransitive v. Sports & Games To make a point in a game or contest.
  • intransitive v. Sports & Games To keep the score of a game or contest.
  • intransitive 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).
  • intransitive v. Slang To succeed in seducing someone sexually.
  • intransitive v. Slang To succeed in buying or obtaining an illicit drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. One or more parts of a musical composition in a format indicating how the composition is to be played.
  • n. A presentation of how many runs a side has scored, and how many wickets have been lost.
  • n. The number of runs scored by a batsman, or by a side, in either an innings or a match.
  • n. subject
  • v. To earn points in a game.
  • v. To earn (points) in a game.
  • v. To achieve (a score) in e.g. a test.
  • v. To record (the score) for a game or a match
  • v. To scratch (paper or cardboard) with a sharp implement to make it easier to fold.
  • v. To make fine, shallow lines with a sharp implement as cutting indications.
  • v. To have sexual intercourse.
  • v. To acquire or gain.
  • v. To obtain something desired.
  • v. To provide (a film, etc.) with a musical score.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. 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. 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.
  • intransitive v. To keep the score in a game; to act as scorer.
  • intransitive v. To make or count a point or points, as in a game; to tally.
  • intransitive v. To run up a score, or account of dues.
  • intransitive v. To succeed in finding a partner for sexual intercourse; to make a sexual conquest.
  • intransitive v. To purchase drugs illegally.
  • transitive v. To mark with lines, scratches, or notches; to cut notches or furrows in; to notch; to scratch; to furrow.
  • transitive v. Especially, to mark with significant lines or notches, for indicating or keeping account of something.
  • transitive v. To mark or signify by lines or notches; to keep record or account of; to set down; to record; to charge.
  • transitive v. To engrave, as upon a shield.
  • transitive v. To make a score of, as points, runs, etc., in a game.
  • transitive v. To write down in proper order and arrangement. See Score, n., 9.
  • transitive v. To mark with parallel lines or scratches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 .

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

  • 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 a 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 American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English scoru, twenty, from Old Norse skor; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.)



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