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.
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Examples from the Web for scoring
He went on to lead Mumbai in scoring in a season that he began at age 15, making the international team at 16.
According to Merritt, at the time of the killings they were thrilled about scoring a big deal in Saudi Arabia.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All|Nina Strochlic|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As governors, they have to be more interested in solving problems than scoring political points.
We were scoring it like the Olympics: presentation, technique.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’|Kevin Fallon|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As with any negotiation, what matters in the end is getting the desired outcome, not just scoring points along the way.
"A hundred aces," broke in Plank's heavy voice as he played the last trick and picked up the scoring card and pencil.The Fighting Chance|Robert W. Chambers
No stealing of runs, no scoring off straight balls, no gallery play—till victory was assured.The Hill|Horace Annesley Vachell
Consider, too, the extraordinary antics of the press over the methods of scoring in the cricket championship.If I May|A. A. Milne
The ball went over Martin's head, scoring Homans with the first run of the game.The Young Pitcher|Zane Grey
If they only knew enough to offer their contributions to suitable markets, they soon would be scoring successes.If You Don't Write Fiction|Charles Phelps Cushing
British Dictionary definitions for scoring (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for scoring (2 of 2)
- 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
Idioms and Phrases with scoring
see box score; know the score; pay off (an old score); settle a score.