- 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.
- 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.
- to succeed in finding a willing sexual partner; have sexual intercourse.
- to purchase or obtain drugs illicitly.
- to elicit and accept a bribe.
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What is a basic definition of score?
A score is the tally of points that have been earned by competitors in a game. To score is to add points to this tally during a game. Score also refers to a set of 20 items. Score has many other senses, both as a noun and a verb.
The score of a game or competition is the record of how many points have been earned during the game. A game in which no points are gained at all is referred to as scoreless.
Real-life examples: France won the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Croatia with a score of 4-2. In 2020, the final score of Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers was 31-20.
Used in a sentence: I volunteered to keep track of the score of the children’s baseball game.
Related to this sense, score means to gain points or otherwise add to a person’s or team’s score during a game. A player that gains points is called a scorer. The person who keeps track of the score is also called a scorer, or more frequently a scorekeeper. A player, team, or maneuver that doesn’t gain any points is referred to as nonscoring.
Real-life examples: Soccer players score goals. Basketball players score baskets. Football players score touchdowns.
Used in a sentence: She scored 50 points by hitting the bullseye.
Score is also a group or set of 20 items.
Real-life examples: Abraham Lincoln famously said that America was founded “four score and seven years ago” during his Gettysburg Address in 1863. Lincoln was referring to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which occurred 87 (four score plus seven) years prior to Lincoln’s speech.
Used in a sentence: He bought a score of donuts from the bakery.
Where does score come from?
The first records of score come from before the 1100s. The noun ultimately comes from the Old Norse skor, meaning “notch or tally” or “20.” The verb ultimately comes from the Old Norse skora, meaning “to notch” or “to count by tallies.”
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What are some other forms related to score?
- scoreless (adjective)
- scorer (noun)
- nonscoring (adjective)
- outscore (verb)
- rescore (verb)
- unscored (adjective)
- unscoring (adjective)
What are some synonyms for score?
What are some words that share a root or word element with score?
What are some words that often get used in discussing score?
How is score used in real life?
Score is a common word that often refers to point tallies in games or an act of a player earning points.
We're heading to the top of the 9th from Globe Life Park with the Rangers beating the Yankees, 6-1.
The final score of Game 6 of the 2010 ALCS that sent the Rangers to their first World Series? Rangers 6, Yankees 1
— Jared Sandler (@JaredSandler) September 29, 2019
My son won his hockey game today, 6-4. He scored three goals.
— Sarah Lerner, Quaranteacher (@mrs_lerner) September 16, 2018
"Four score and seven years ago…" On this day in history, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. #history
— MyHeritage (@MyHeritage) November 19, 2020
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Is score used correctly in the following sentence?
The soccer game ended with a tied score of 2-2.
How to use score in a sentence
Makridis and Wu compared the committee’s social capital index score with county-level data on coronavirus infections, case growth and mortality.Researchers identify social factors inoculating some communities against coronavirus|Christopher Ingraham|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Cuban’s move comes after scores of athletes have followed the lead of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick by kneeling in protest during the national anthem.The Dallas Mavericks will resume playing the national anthem before games|Timothy Bella|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
Even if box scores fail to capture the tweaks and triumphs Turner has made in his game, that doesn’t mean there aren’t clear areas for improvement still.Myles Turner’s Game Has Evolved. The Box Score Doesn’t Know It Yet.|Chris Herring (email@example.com)|February 10, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The first factor was the game’s competitiveness and tension, measured by how close the score was at the end of each quarter.That really was one of the least enjoyable Super Bowls of all time|Neil Greenberg|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
That kept the score at 31-9 in the Bucs’ favor, after that team’s defense kept the pressure on Mahomes.Super Bowl highlights: Bucs celebrate championship, Tom Brady wins MVP|Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Chuck Culpepper|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
Yes, we do typically do better than Europe (and Canada, too, which is frequently awful on this score).How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech|Nick Gillespie|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The higher your score, the more likely it is that you can lip-sync along to the “Checkers” Speech.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz|Jeff Greenfield|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas|Clive Irving|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
The Seven-score and four on the six middle Bells, the treble leading, and the tenor lying behind every change, makes good Musick.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
Indeed, a score of bodies lying there had not been seen by Malcolm during his first frenzied examination of the house.
The Indian turned his head, and spoke to some one behind; one after another a score of figures rose.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
It was locked there so firmly that a score of men had to labor for hours next day ere it could be cleared.
I raised my pipe above my head and hurled it against the fence, where it crashed into a score of pieces.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
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 forms of scorescorer, noun
Word Origin for score
Other Idioms and Phrases with score
see box score; know the score; pay off (an old score); settle a score.