score /ˈskor, ˈskɔr/
1. A notch or incision; especially, one that is made as a tally mark; hence, a mark, or line, made for the purpose of account.
Whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used. --Shak.
2. An account or reckoning; account of dues; bill; hence, indebtedness.
He parted well, and paid his score. --Shak.
3. Account; reason; motive; sake; behalf.
But left the trade, as many more
Have lately done on the same score. --Hudibras.
You act your kindness in Cydaria's score. --Dryden.
4. The number twenty, as being marked off by a special score or tally; hence, in pl., a large number.
Amongst three or four score hogsheads. --Shak.
At length the queen took upon herself to grant patents of monopoly by scores. --Macaulay.
5. A distance of twenty yards; -- a term used in ancient archery and gunnery.
6. A weight of twenty pounds. [Prov. Eng.]
7. The number of points gained by the contestants, or either of them, in any game, as in cards or cricket.
8. A line drawn; a groove or furrow.
9. Mus. The original and entire draught, or its transcript, of a composition, with the parts for all the different instruments or voices written on staves one above another, so that they can be read at a glance; -- so called from the bar, which, in its early use, was drawn through all the parts.
In score Mus., having all the parts arranged and placed in juxtaposition. --Smart.
To quit scores, to settle or balance accounts; to render an equivalent; to make compensation.
Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements in the noble fruits that issue from it? --South.
Score v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scored p. pr. & vb. n. Scoring.]
1. To mark with lines, scratches, or notches; to cut notches or furrows in; to notch; to scratch; to furrow; as, to score timber for hewing; to score the back with a lash.
Let us score their backs. --Shak.
A briar in that tangled wilderness
Had scored her white right hand. --M. Arnold.
2. Especially, to mark with significant lines or notches, for indicating or keeping account of something; as, to score a tally.
3. To mark or signify by lines or notches; to keep record or account of; to set down; to record; to charge.
Madam, I know when,
Instead of five, you scored me ten. --Swift.
Nor need I tallies thy dear love to score. --Shak.
4. To engrave, as upon a shield. [R.]
5. To make a score of, as points, runs, etc., in a game.
6. Mus. To write down in proper order and arrangement; as, to score an overture for an orchestra. See Score, n., 9.
7. Geol. To mark with parallel lines or scratches; as, the rocks of New England and the Western States were scored in the drift epoch.
Score v. i.
1. To keep the score in a game; to act as scorer.
2. To make or count a point or points, as in a game; to tally.
3. To run up a score, or account of dues.
n 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
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
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]
v 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
7: assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation;
"grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework"
[syn: grade, mark]