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1 a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance); "she made good marks in algebra"; "grade A milk"; "what was your score on your homework?" [syn: mark, grade]
2 a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages; "he studied the score of the sonata" [syn: musical score]
3 a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest; "the score was 7 to 0"
4 a set of twenty members; "a score were sent out but only one returned"
5 grounds; "don't do it on my account"; "the paper was rejected on account of its length"; "he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful" [syn: account]
6 the facts about an actual situation; "he didn't know the score"
7 an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar); "add it to my score and I'll settle later"
8 a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally) [syn: scotch]
9 a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding a grudge"; "settling a score" [syn: grudge, grievance]
10 the act of scoring in a game or sport; "the winning score came with less than a minute left to play"
11 a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse; "calling his seduction of the girl a `score' was a typical example of male slang" [syn: sexual conquest]


1 gain points in a game; "The home team scored many times"; "He hit a home run"; "He hit .300 in the past season" [syn: hit, tally, rack up]
2 make small marks into the surface of; "score the clay before firing it" [syn: nock, mark]
3 make underscoring marks [syn: mark]
4 write a musical score for
5 induce to have sex; "Harry finally seduced Sally"; "Did you score last night?"; "Harry made Sally" [syn: seduce, make]
6 get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance; "She scored high on the SAT"; "He scored a 200"
7 assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation; "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework" [syn: grade, mark]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (RP): , /skɔː/, /skO:/
  • (US): , /skoʊr/, /skɔːr/, /skO:r/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)


From the scora, notch (and hence, a tally). (For twenty: The mark on a tally made by drovers for every twenty beasts passing through a tollgate.)


  1. The total number of points earned by a participant in a game.
    The score is 4-0 although it's not even half-time!
  2. Twenty, 20 (number).
    Some words have scores of meanings.
    • 1863 November 19, Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, based on the signed "Bliss Copy"
      "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
  3. A book or set of pages showing all the parts for a musical composition.
  4. A presentation of how many runs a side has scored, and how many wickets have been lost.
    England had a score of 107 for 5 at lunch.
  5. The number of runs scored by a batsman, or by a side, in either an innings or a match.
  6. subject
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 245e.
      Well, although we haven't discusse the views of all those who make precise reckonings of being and not , we've done enough on that score.


number of points earned
book containing musical composition


  1. To earn points in a game.
    Pelé scores again!
  2. To earn points in a game.
    It is unusual for a team to score a hundred goals in one game.
  3. To scratch (paper or cardboard) with a sharp implement to make it easier to fold.
  4. To obtain (usually used in reference to illegal drugs, but often sex with a casual partner).


(intransitive) to earn points in a game
(transitive) to earn points in a game
(transitive) to scratch paper
(transitive) to obtain drugs or sex

Extensive Definition

Score may refer to:

Numbers and statistics

  • Score (game), a number of points achieved in a sporting event or game.
  • a unit of twenty
  • Score (statistics), the derivative, with respect to some parameter θ, of the logarithm of the likelihood function
  • Raw score, an original datum that has not been transformed
  • Standard score, a dimensionless quantity derived from the raw score
  • Baseball scoring, a shorthand method of keeping track of statistics in a baseball game

Arts and crafts

  • Musical score, a set of instructions giving the overall picture of a composition
  • Dance score, a set of choreographic instructions expressed in a dance notation.
  • SCORE notation program, a music scorewriter
  • Film score, a sound recording of the music in a film
  • Score (album), the live CD/DVD by progressive metal band Dream Theater
  • Score (film), a 1972 pornographic film
  • Score, a UK-based football comic, originally Score and Roar, published in 1970, merged with rival comic Scorcher in 1971
  • A method used to join two pieces of pottery, each side is scored and then pressed together
  • I Like to Score, an album by Moby, punning on the sexual, drug related, and film music uses of the word


Figurative uses



score in German: Score
score in French: Score
score in Dutch: Score
score in Japanese: スコア
score in Norwegian: Score
score in Simple English: Score
score in Serbian: Партитура
score in Swedish: Lista över golftermer#Score

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