[verb uhn-der-skawr, -skohr, uhn-der-skawr, -skohr; noun uhn-der-skawr, -skohr]
- to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis.
- to stress; emphasize: The recent tragedy underscores the danger of disregarding safety rules.
- a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
- music for a film soundtrack; background for a film or stage production.
Origin of underscore
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Examples from the Web for underscores
But that only underscores the injustice of the sentence here.House Arrest for Marital Rape, Are you Kidding?!
May 21, 2014
Tocqueville underscores: “The few opulent citizens of a democracy constitute no exception to this rule.”What’s At Stake In The Tocqueville/Piketty Debate
April 27, 2014
The 2010 cholera outbreak from sewage in a United Nations camp in Mirebalais underscores the need for improved sanitation.The Aid Industry Failed Haiti After Its 2010 Quake
February 3, 2014
But it also underscores the pathway to victory for Democrats: painting your opponent as extreme.How Virginia Democrats Are Winning on Gun Safety
October 30, 2013
This underscores the key difference between Democrats in 1989 and Republicans in 2013.The Bill Clinton and DLC Model For Reinventing the Republican Party
March 14, 2013
Italicized text is represented in the etext with underscores thusly.Latter-Day Pamphlets
Sole in the violent welter of those sheets it had no underscores nor any exclamations.This Freedom
A. S. M. Hutchinson
This latter theme, with the motive of Fate, underscores the earlier portions of the dialogue between Golaud and Mélisande.Debussy's Pellas et Mlisande
The sad situation of the smaller and much less industrialized Monocacy in the same summer underscores the point.The Nation's River
United States Department of the Interior
In edition 11, underscores are used to denote words and phrases italicized for emphasis.This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald
- to draw or score a line or mark under
- to stress or reinforce
- a line drawn under written matter
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Word Origin and History for underscores
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