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Definition of Score


  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.
  4. A notch or incision; especially, one that is made as a tally mark; hence, a mark, or line, made for the purpose of account.
  5. An account or reckoning; account of dues; bill; hence, indebtedness.
  6. Account; reason; motive; sake; behalf.
  7. The number twenty, as being marked off by a special score or tally; hence, in pl., a large number.
  8. A distance of twenty yards; -- a term used in ancient archery and gunnery.
  9. A weight of twenty pounds.
  10. The number of points gained by the contestants, or either of them, in any game, as in cards or cricket.
  11. A line drawn; a groove or furrow.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Especially, to mark with significant lines or notches, for indicating or keeping account of something; as, to score a tally.
  15. To mark or signify by lines or notches; to keep record or account of; to set down; to record; to charge.
  16. To engrave, as upon a shield.
  17. To make a score of, as points, runs, etc., in a game.
  18. To write down in proper order and arrangement; as, to score an overture for an orchestra. See Score, n., 9.
  19. To mark with parallel lines or scratches; as, the rocks of New England and the Western States were scored in the drift epoch.

Score Quotations

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? - Vince Lombardi
If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
Vince Lombardi

The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.
Ansel Adams

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
Donald Trump

Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.

Somewhere there's a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.
Bill Murray
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Score Translations

score in Dutch is orkestreren
score in French is partition, orchestrer, larguer
score in German is Auswertung {f}, Spielstand {m}, Punktzahl {f}
score in Italian is sparare, partitura
score in Portuguese is contagem
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