Meaning of SCORE in English

I. ˈskȯr noun

( plural scores )

Etymology: Middle English scor, from Old Norse skor notch, tally, twenty; akin to Old English scieran to cut — more at shear

Date: 14th century

1. or plural score

a. : twenty

b. : a group of 20 things — often used in combination with a cardinal number

four score

c. : an indefinitely large number


a. : a line (as a scratch or incision) made with or as if with a sharp instrument


(1) : a mark used as a starting point or goal

(2) : a mark used for keeping account


a. : an account or reckoning originally kept by making marks on a tally

b. : amount due : indebtedness

4. : grudge

a score to settle


a. : reason , ground

was accepted on the score of high academic achievement

b. : subject , topic

has nothing to say on that score


a. : the copy of a musical composition in written or printed notation

b. : a musical composition ; specifically : the music for a movie or theatrical production

c. : a complete description of a dance composition in choreographic notation


a. : a number that expresses accomplishment (as in a game or test) or excellence (as in quality) either absolutely in points gained or by comparison to a standard

b. : an act (as a goal, run, or touchdown) in any of various games or contests that gains points

8. : success in obtaining something (as money or drugs) especially through illegal or irregular means

9. : the stark inescapable facts of a situation

knows the score

II. verb

( scored ; scor·ing )

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to keep a record or account of by or as if by notches on a tally : record

b. : to enter in a record

c. : to mark with significant lines or notches (as in keeping account)

2. : to mark with lines, grooves, scratches, or notches

3. : berate , scold ; also : denounce



(1) : to make (a score) in a game or contest

scored a touchdown

scored three points

(2) : to enable (a base runner) to make a score

(3) : to have as a value in a game or contest : count

a touchdown score s six points


(1) : achieve , attain

scored a dazzling success

(2) : acquire

help a traveler score local drugs — Poitor Koper

(3) : win 1

scored free tickets over the radio

5. : to determine the merit of : grade


a. : to write or arrange (music) for a specific performance medium

b. : to make an orchestration of

c. : to compose a score for (a movie)

intransitive verb

1. : to keep score in a game or contest

2. : to make a score in a game or contest


a. : to gain or have the advantage

b. : to be successful: as

(1) : to succeed in having sexual intercourse

(2) : to manage to obtain illicit drugs

c. : rate III

• scor·er noun

- score points

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.