the record of points or strokes made by the competitors in a game or match.
the total points or strokes made by one side, individual, play, game, etc.
an act or instance of making or earning a point or points.
Education, Psychology. the performance of an individual or sometimes of a group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol.
a notch, scratch, or incision; a stroke or line.
a notch or mark for keeping an account or record.
a reckoning or account so kept; tally.
any account showing indebtedness.
an amount recorded as due.
a line drawn as a boundary, the starting point of a race, a goal line, etc.
a group or set of 20: about a score of years ago.
scores, a great many: Scores of people were at the dance.
a reason, ground, or cause: to complain on the score of low pay.
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 gain for addition to one's score in a game or match.
to make a score of: He scored 98 on the test.
to have as a specified value in points: Four aces score 100.
Education, Psychology. to evaluate the responses a person has made on (a test or an examination).
to write out in score.
to compose the music for (a movie, play, television show, etc.)
Cooking. to cut ridges or lines into (meat, fish, etc.) with shallow slashes, usually in a diamond pattern, before cooking.
to make notches, cuts, marks, or lines in or on.
to record or keep a record of (points, items, etc.), by or as if by notches, marks, etc.; tally; reckon (often followed by up).
to write down as a debt.
to record as a debtor.
to gain, achieve, or win: The play scored a great success.
to obtain (a drug) illicitly.
to acquire; be given.
to berate or censure: The newspapers scored the mayor severely for the announcement.
to crease (paper or cardboard) so that it can be folded easily and without damage.
to make a point or points in a game or contest.
to keep score, as of a game.
to achieve an advantage or a success: The new product scored with the public.
to make notches, cuts, lines, etc.
to run up a score or debt.
to succeed in finding a willing sexual partner; have sexual intercourse.
to purchase or obtain drugs illicitly.
to elicit and accept a bribe.
Idioms about score
- scoreless, adjective
- scorer, noun
- non·scor·ing, adjective
- outscore, verb (used with object), out·scored, out·scor·ing.
- re·score, verb, re·scored, re·scor·ing.
- un·scored, adjective
- un·scor·ing, adjective
- well-scored, adjective
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How to use score in a sentence
This year, Hill has 36 carries for 186 yards and a touchdown plus six catches for 74 yards and another score.Taysom Hill, not Jameis Winston, reportedly will replace Drew Brees for the Saints | Matt Bonesteel | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The game was a blowout — Concordia Prep won by 53 points — so Kelly guessed Hayes was disappointed by the score.A high school football coach had a heart attack during a game, but didn’t leave until it was done | Kyle Melnick | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Statespace partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to develop a “Cognitive Combine,” giving players an overall score based on a wide range of skills outside of any specific game.Gaming startup Statespace raises $29 million, tops 1.5 million MAUs | Jordan Crook | November 12, 2020 | TechCrunch
Some programs build entire orchestral scores around small bits of melody.
Then she compared the average reading scores from the two sets of classrooms.
Second and third: Neymar and Thiago Silva were absent, so Brazil had neither a goal-scorer on the night nor a notion of defense.Germany Humiliates World Cup Host Brazil 7-1 in Semifinal Slaughter | Tunku Varadarajan | July 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The points for each correct pick rise weekly, and at the end the top scorer will take home 80 percent of the $150 pool.Fans of ‘The Bachelor’ Embrace Brackets, Bookies, and Buy-ins in Online Betting Pools | Nina Strochlic | January 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He told everyone he was going to come in and be the leading scorer as a freshman and that we'd all have to take a backseat to him.The PR Nightmare of Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian’s Ex | Marlow Stern | July 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The other is a Uruguayan goal-scorer named Luis Suárez, the star of Liverpool, perhaps the most storied team in England.How Two Incidents of Alleged Racism in English Soccer Have Shocked the Sport | Edward Platt | December 23, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
The top scorer was Rudy Giuliani (29 percent), who wound up losing every primary he entered.
"First substitute scorer," said Stover, according to Finnegan's theory.The Varmint | Owen Johnson
These judges were to measure each performance, and give to the scorer the exact distance covered.Fred Fenton on the Track | Allen Chapman
The scorer at the firing point then scores the shot as indicated by the marker.Pistol and Revolver Shooting | A. L. A. Himmelwright
At the expiration of the time limit the scorer will announce Time.Pistol and Revolver Shooting | A. L. A. Himmelwright
They had come on the run from the lower end of the grounds, the two teams, the umpire, and the scorer bringing up the rear.Ethel Morton at Chautauqua | Mabell S. C. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for score
an evaluative, usually numerical, record of a competitive game or match
the total number of points made by a side or individual in a game or match
the act of scoring, esp a point or points
the score informal the actual situation; the true facts: to know the score
US and Canadian the result of a test or exam
a group or set of twenty: three score years and ten
(usually plural foll by of) a great number; lots: I have scores of things to do
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 mark or notch, esp one made in keeping a tally
an account of amounts due
an amount recorded as due
a reason or account: the book was rejected on the score of length
a line marking a division or boundary
(as modifier): score line
informal the victim of a theft or swindle
dancing notation indicating a dancer's moves
over the score informal excessive; unfair
settle a score or pay off a score
to avenge a wrong
to repay a debt
to gain (a point or points) in a game or contest
(tr) to make a total score of: to score twelve
to keep a record of the score (of)
(tr) to be worth (a certain amount) in a game
(tr) US and Canadian to evaluate (a test or exam) numerically; mark
(tr) to record by making notches in
to make (cuts, lines, etc) in or on
(intr) slang to obtain something desired, esp to purchase an illegal drug
(intr) slang (of a man) to be successful in seducing a person
to set or arrange (a piece of music) for specific instruments or voices
to write the music for (a film, play, etc)
to achieve (success or an advantage): your idea really scored with the boss
(tr) mainly US and Canadian to criticize harshly; berate
to accumulate or keep a record of (a debt)
- scorer, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with score
see box score; know the score; pay off (an old score); settle a score.
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