noun, plural scores, score for 11.
- the basic facts, point of progress, etc., regarding a situation: What's the score on Saturday's picnic?
- a successful move, remark, etc.
- a written or printed piece of music with all the vocal and instrumental parts arranged on staves, one under the other.
- the music itself.
- the music played as background to or part of a movie, play, or television presentation.
- a success in finding a willing sexual partner; sexual conquest.
- a purchase or acquisition of illicit drugs, as heroin or cocaine.
- a single payoff obtained through graft by a police officer, especially from a narcotics violator.
- a successful robbery; theft.
- any success, triumph, happy acquisition, gift, or win.
- the victim of a robbery or swindle.
verb (used with object), scored, scor·ing.
- to orchestrate.
- to write out in score.
- to compose the music for (a movie, play, television show, etc.)
- to obtain (a drug) illicitly.
- to steal.
- to acquire; be given.
verb (used without object), scored, scor·ing.
- to succeed in finding a willing sexual partner; have coitus.
- to purchase or obtain drugs illicitly.
- to elicit and accept a bribe.
Origin of score
Examples from the Web for score
Yes, we do typically do better than Europe (and Canada, too, which is frequently awful on this score).
The higher your score, the more likely it is that you can lip-sync along to the “Checkers” Speech.
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally, a score or so of films have been made of the story, some called A Christmas Carol and others, simply, Scrooge.
Chiefly, we forgot the many, many problems there are with the bones—the book and score—to this show.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What was your impression of Lee on that score, was he industrious or not?Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Any member shooting at pool or practice between shots of a score shall forfeit the score.The Modern American Pistol and Revolver|A. C. Gould
But that fourth period gave Loring an opportunity to add to her score, and she seized it.The Turner Twins|Ralph Henry Barbour
Having satisfied himself that he had no need to worry on this score, he made his way forward again.Cappy Ricks Retires|Peter B. Kyne
The score, All-American 14 and Chicago 4, tells the story of the game.A Ball Player's Career|Adrian C. Anson
British Dictionary definitions for score
- the written or printed form of a composition in which the instrumental or vocal parts appear on separate staves vertically arranged on large pages (full score) or in a condensed version, usually for piano (short score) or voices and piano (vocal score)
- the incidental music for a film or play
- the songs, music, etc, for a stage or film musical
- a line marking a division or boundary
- (as modifier)score line
- to avenge a wrong
- to repay a debt
- to set or arrange (a piece of music) for specific instruments or voices
- to write the music for (a film, play, etc)
Derived Formsscorer, noun
Word Origin for score
Idioms and Phrases with score
see box score; know the score; pay off (an old score); settle a score.