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underscore

[verb uhn-der-skawr, -skohr, uhn-der-skawr, -skohr; noun uhn-der-skawr, -skohr] /verb ˈʌn dərˌskɔr, -ˌskoʊr, ˌʌn dərˈskɔr, -ˈskoʊr; noun ˈʌn dərˌskɔr, -ˌskoʊr/
verb (used with object), underscored, underscoring.
1.
to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis.
2.
to stress; emphasize:
The recent tragedy underscores the danger of disregarding safety rules.
noun
3.
a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
4.
music for a film soundtrack; background for a film or stage production.
Origin of underscore
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; under- + score
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  • This is not, repeat, underscore, not an intervention in planetary government.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • So we underscore them, putting a single score under k, and a double one under k′.

    Symbolic Logic Lewis Carroll
  • I should like to underscore this last sentence, my dears, in view of what comes after.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • I underscore the word “hotter,” to denote the prevalent theory.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • underscore all of the adjectives in the following quotation.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for underscore

underscore

verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈskɔː)
1.
to draw or score a line or mark under
2.
to stress or reinforce
noun (ˈʌndəˌskɔː)
3.
a line drawn under written matter
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Word Origin and History for underscore
v.

1771, "to draw a line under," from under + score (v.). The figurative sense of "to emphasize" is attested from 1891. Noun meaning "a line drawn below (something)" is recorded from 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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