• (RP) enPR: skôr, IPA: /skɔː/
  • (America) enPR: skôrʹ, IPA: /skɔɹ/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) enPR: skōrʹ, IPA: /sko(ː)ɹ/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /skoə/

score (plural scores)

  1. The total number of goals, points, runs, etc. earned by a participant in a game.
    The player with the highest score is the winner.
  2. The number of points accrued by each of the participants in a game, expressed as a ratio or a series of numbers.
    The score is 8-1 even though it's not even half-time!
  3. The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a grade.
    The test scores for this class were high.
  4. Twenty, 20 (number).
    • 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."
    Some words have scores of meanings.
  5. A distance of twenty yards, in ancient archery and gunnery.
  6. A weight of twenty pounds.
  7. (music) The written form of a musical composition showing all instrumental and vocal parts below each other.
  8. (music) The music of a movie or play.
  9. Subject.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 245e.
      Well, although we haven't discussed the views of all those who make precise reckonings of being and not [being], we've done enough on that score.
  10. Account; reason; motive; sake; behalf.
    • But left the trade, as many more / Have lately done on the same score.
    • You act your kindness in Cydria's score.
  11. A notch or incision; especially, one that is made as a tally mark; hence, a mark, or line, made for the purpose of account.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vii]:
      Whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used.
  12. An account or reckoning; account of dues; bill; debt.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene viii]:
      He parted well, and paid his score.
  13. (US, crime, slang) a criminal act, especially:
    1. A robbery.
      Let's pull a score!
    2. A bribe paid to a police officer.
    3. An illegal sale, especially of drugs.
      He made a big score.
    4. A prostitute's client.
  14. (US, vulgar, slang) A sexual conquest.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: 20 libbre
  • French: partition générale, partition conducteur, partition de poche
  • German: Partitur
  • Italian: spartito
  • Portuguese: partitura
  • Russian: партиту́ра
  • Spanish: partitura, partitura general
Translations Translations Verb

score (scores, present participle scoring; past and past participle scored)

  1. (transitive) To cut a notch or a groove in a surface.
    The baker scored the cake so that the servers would know where to slice it.
  2. (intransitive) To record the tally of points for a game, a match, or an examination.
  3. (ambitransitive) To obtain something desired.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 50
      "Of course it would be hypocritical for me to pretend that I regret what Abraham did. After all, I've scored by it."
    1. To earn points in a game.
      It is unusual for a team to score a hundred goals in one game.
      Pelé scores again!
    2. To achieve (a score) in e.g. a test.
      • 2004, Diane McGuinness, Early reading instruction: what science really tells us about how to teach reading
        At the end of first grade, the children scored 80 percent correct on this test, a value that remained unchanged through third grade.
    3. (slang) To acquire or gain.
      I scored some drugs last night.
      Did you score tickets for the concert?
    4. (US, crime, slang, of a police officer) To extract a bribe.
    5. (vulgar, slang) To obtain a sexual favor.
      Chris finally scored with Pat last week.
  4. (transitive) To provide (a film, etc.) with a musical score.
    • 1974, New York Magazine (volume 7, number 45, page 98)
      Godfather II is nothing like ready. It is not yet scored, and thus not mixed. There remain additional shooting, looping, editing.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: marquer
  • Italian: segnare il punteggio
Translations Translations Interjection
  1. (US, slang) Acknowledgement of success

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