score / skôr/ • n. 1. the number of points, goals, runs, etc., achieved in a game: the final score was 25–16 in favor of Washington. ∎ the number of points, goals, runs, etc., achieved by an individual player or a team in a game: his highest score of the season. ∎ inf. an act of gaining a point, goal, or run in a game. ∎ a rating or grade, such as a mark achieved in a test: an IQ score of 161. ∎ (the score) inf. the state of affairs; the real facts about the present situation: “Hey, what's the score here, what's goin' on?” ∎ inf. an act of buying illegal drugs.2. (pl. same) a group or set of twenty or about twenty: a score of men lost their lives in the battle. ∎ (scores of) a large amount or number of something: he sent scores of enthusiastic letters to friends.3. a written representation of a musical composition showing all the vocal and instrumental parts arranged one below the other. ∎ the music composed for a movie or play.4. a notch or line cut or scratched into a surface.• v. [tr.] 1. gain (a point, goal, run, etc.) in a competitive game: Penn State scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. ∎ decide on the score to be awarded to (a competitor): the judge must score each dog against this standard. ∎ gain (a number of points) for a competitor; be worth: each correct answer scores ten points. ∎ decide on the scores to be awarded in (a game or competition). ∎ [intr.] record the score during a game; act as scorer. ∎ Baseball cause (a teammate) to score: McNab singled, scoring Reynolds and Diaz. ∎ inf. secure (a success or an advantage): the band scored a hit single. ∎ [intr.] inf. be successful: his new movie scored big. ∎ inf. buy or acquire (something, typically illegal drugs): Sally had scored some acid. ∎ [intr.] inf. succeed in attracting a sexual partner, typically for a casual encounter.2. orchestrate or arrange (a piece of music), typically for a specified instrument or instruments: the Quartet Suite was scored for flute, violin, viola da gamba, and continuo. ∎ compose the music for (a movie or play).3. cut or scratch a notch or line on (a surface): score the card until you cut through.PHRASES: know the score inf. be aware of the essential facts about a situation.on that (or this) score so far as that (or this) is concerned: my priority was to blend new faces into the team, and we have succeeded on that score.score points outdo another person, esp. in an argument.settle a (or the) score take revenge on someone for a past act.DERIVATIVES: score·less adj.scor·er n.
A. set of twenty (prob. orig. as marked on a tally) XI;
B. notch, mark, stroke; account of times kept on a tally or board XIV; amount of a bill or reckoning XVI; account, reason XVII; record of points in a game XVIII;
C. written or printed piece of concerted music XVIII. Late OE. *scoru, pl. scora, -e — ON. skor notch, tally, twenty :- Gmc *skurō, f. *skur- *sker- cut. SHEAR.
So score vb. XIV. partly — ON. skora; partly f. the sb.
a group or set of twenty; a weight of 20 or 21 pounds used in weighing pigs, oxen, and other commodities.
Examples : score of bachelors (from the phrase ‘to score’)—Lipton, 1970; flour (20 lb.), 1858; of people.