score

When you're playing a game, your score is the number of points you have. If the score of a basketball game is 34 to 34, it means both teams have 34 points — the score is tied.

To score in a game is to achieve points or goals. In school, you get a score, or a grade, on your tests and papers. Another kind of score is the written part of a musical composition. And when someone asks, "What's the score?" they might also mean "What's going on?" The Gettysburg Address famously begins, "Four score and seven years ago..." In this case, a score is "twenty," from the Old English scoru, also "twenty."

Primary Meanings of score

1.
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a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
gain points in a game
2.
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a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages
write a musical score for
3.
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grounds
4.
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make underscoring marks
a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
5.
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an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar)
6.
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a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse
induce to have sex
7.
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a set of twenty members
Full Definitions of score
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n a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

“the score was 7 to 0”
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bowling score
the score in a bowling match
football score
the score in a football game
baseball score
the score of a baseball game
basketball score
the score in a basketball game
stroke
(golf) the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club
birdie
(golf) a score of one stroke under par on a hole
bogey
(golf) a score of one stroke over par on a hole
deficit
(sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
double-bogey
(golf) a score of two strokes over par for a hole
duck, duck's egg
(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
eagle
(golf) a score of two strokes under par on a hole
double eagle
(golf) a score of three strokes under par on a hole
game
(games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win
lead
(sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
love
a score of zero in tennis or squash
match
the score needed to win a match
par
(golf) the standard number of strokes set for each hole on a golf course, or for the entire course
Type of:
number
a concept of quantity involving zero and units

n a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)

“what was your score on your homework?”
Synonyms:
grade, mark
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grade point
a numerical value assigned to a letter grade received in a course taken at a college or university multiplied by the number of credit hours awarded for the course
centile, percentile
(statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
decile
(statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
quartile
(statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
Type of:
evaluation, rating, valuation
an appraisal of the value of something

n the act of scoring in a game or sport

“the winning score came with less than a minute left to play”
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bull's eye
in target shooting: a score made by hitting the center of the target
goal
a successful attempt at scoring
strike, ten-strike
a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
spare
a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
break, open frame
any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
safety
a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line
touchdown
a score in American football; being in possession of the ball across the opponents' goal line
field goal
a score in American football; a score made by kicking the ball between the opponents' goal posts
conversion
a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown
run, tally
a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
basket, field goal
a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop
hat trick
(sports) three consecutive scores by one player or three scores in one game (as in cricket or ice hockey etc.)
break, break of serve
(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
equalizer
a score that makes the match even
own goal
(soccer) a goal that results when a player inadvertently knocks the ball into the goal he is defending
extra point, point after, point after touchdown
in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
earned run
a run that was not scored as the result of an error by the other team
unearned run
a run that was scored as a result of an error by the other team
rbi, run batted in
a run that is the result of the batter's performance
Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful

v gain points in a game

“The home team scored many times”
Synonyms:
hit, rack up, tally
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par
make a score (on a hole) equal to par
shoot
score
convert
score (a spare)
convert
complete successfully
convert
score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
homer
hit a home run
kick
make a goal
eagle
shoot in two strokes under par
hole up
score a hole in one
ace
score an ace against
walk
obtain a base on balls
equalise, equalize, get even
compensate; make the score equal
get, have, make
achieve a point or goal
place-kick
score (a goal) by making a place kick
Type of:
advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

v get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance

“She scored high on the SAT”
“He scored a 200”
Types:
test
achieve a certain score or rating on a test
Type of:
accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
gain with effort

v assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation

score the SAT essays”
Synonyms:
grade, mark
Type of:
appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
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n 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”
Synonyms:
musical score
Type of:
sheet music
a musical composition in printed or written form

v write a musical score for

Types:
orchestrate
write an orchestra score for
Type of:
compose, write
write music
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n grounds

“he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful”
Synonyms:
account
Type of:
ground, reason
a rational motive for a belief or action

n the facts about an actual situation

“he didn't know the score
Type of:
fact
a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
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v make underscoring marks

Synonyms:
mark
Types:
cancel, invalidate
make invalid for use
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

v make small marks into the surface of

score the clay before firing it”
Synonyms:
mark, nock
mark, pit, pock, scar
mark with a scar
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scarify
scratch the surface of
scotch
make a small cut or score into
scribe
score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
line
mark with lines
reline
put new lines on
hatch
draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper
crisscross
mark with or consist of a pattern of crossed lines
Type of:
notch
cut or make a notch into

n a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)

Synonyms:
scotch
Type of:
dent, incision, prick, scratch, slit
a depression scratched or carved into a surface
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n an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar)

“add it to my score and I'll settle later”
Type of:
debt
money or goods or services owed by one person to another

n a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation

“settling a score
Synonyms:
grievance, grudge
Type of:
bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
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n a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse

“calling his seduction of the girl a ` score' was a typical example of male slang”
Types:
cuckoldry
the practice of making cuckolds; sexual conquests of married women
Type of:
conquest, seduction
an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone

v induce to have sex

“Did you score last night?”
Synonyms:
seduce
lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
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n a set of twenty members

“a score were sent out but only one returned”
Type of:
set
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

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