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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun score:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb score:


Score is sometimes a misspelling of spare.

The word score is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun score

What does score mean as a name of something?

Score is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: scores / score (twenty)

  1. a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
    • example: what was your score on your homework?
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of score: grade / mark
    • more generic words: evaluation / rating / valuation = an appraisal of the value of something
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • percentile / centile = 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 = any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
      • quartile = any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
  2. a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages
  3. a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
    • example: the score was 7 to 0
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic word: number = a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    • more specific terms:
      • 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 = the unit of scoring in golf is the act of hitting the ball with a club
      • birdie = a score of one stroke under par on a hole
      • bogey = a score of one stroke over par on a hole
      • deficit = the score by which a team or individual is losing
      • double-bogey = a score of two strokes over par for a hole
      • duck's egg / duck = a score of nothing by a batsman
      • eagle = a score of two strokes under par on a hole
      • double eagle = a score of three strokes under par on a hole
      • game = the score at a particular point or the score needed to win
      • lead = 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 = the standard number of strokes set for each hole on a golf course, or for the entire course
    • part: point = the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
  4. a set of twenty members
    • example: a score were sent out but only one returned
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: set = a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  5. grounds
    • example: he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful
    • lexical domain: Motives - nouns denoting goals
    • synonym of score: account
    • more generic words: ground / reason = a rational motive for a belief or action
  6. the facts about an actual situation
    • example: he didn't know the score
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: fact = a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
  7. an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar)
    • example: add it to my score and I'll settle later
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: debt = money or goods or services owed by one person to another
  8. a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of score: scotch
    • more generic words: dent / incision / prick / scratch / slit = a depression scratched or carved into a surface
  9. a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
  10. the act of scoring in a game or sport
    • example: the winning score came with less than a minute left to play
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: success = an attainment that is successful
    • more specific terms:
      • bull's eye = in target shooting: a score made by hitting the center of the target
      • goal = a successful attempt at scoring
      • ten-strike / strike = a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
      • spare = a score in tenpins
      • open frame / break = any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
      • safety = a score in American football
      • touchdown = a score in American football
      • field goal = a score in American football
      • conversion = a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown
      • tally / run = a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
      • field goal / basket = a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop
      • hat trick = three consecutive scores by one player or three scores in one game
      • break of serve / break = a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
      • equalizer = a score that makes the match even
  11. a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse
    • example: calling his seduction of the girl a `score' was a typical example of male slang
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of score: sexual conquest
    • more generic words: conquest / seduction = an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone
    • more specific word: cuckoldry = the practice of making cuckolds

Alternative definition of the noun score


  1. The total number of points earned by a participant in a game.
  2. The number of points accrued by each of the participants in a game, expressed as a ratio or a series of numbers.
  3. Twenty, 20 (number).
  4. [music] One or more parts of a musical composition in a format indicating how the composition is to be played.
  5. [cricket] A presentation of how many runs a side has scored, and how many wickets have been lost.
  6. [cricket] The number of runs scored by a batsman, or by a side, in either an innings or a match.
  7. See subject.

Specialised definition of the noun score

Glossary of sports

the total number of points gained by a player or team at the end of or during a match or game (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a record of the number of points gained by a player or team in a match or game (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

an action that leads to the gaining of a point or points in a match or game (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in some team games (e.g. soccer, basketball), a goal or basket scored. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

in artistic sports, the points awarded (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / boxing

a valid and successful punch (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / fencing

the legal hitting of the opponent's target zone with the blade (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb score

What does score mean as a doing word?

Score is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: scored | scoring | scores

  1. gain points in a game
  2. make small marks into the surface of
    • example: score the clay before firing it
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of score: mark / nock
    • more generic word: notch = cut or make a notch into
    • more specific words:
      • 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
  3. make underscoring marks
  4. write a musical score for
    • example: Sam and Sue score the movie
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: compose / write = write music
    • more specific word: orchestrate = write an orchestra score for
  5. induce to have sex
  6. get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance
    • examples: She scored high on the SAT | He scored a 200
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: accomplish / achieve / attain / reach = to gain with effort
    • more specific word: test = achieve a certain score or rating on a test
  7. assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation

Alternative definition of the verb score


  1. [intransitive] To earn points in a game.
  2. [transitive] To earn (points) in a game.
  3. [intransitive] To achieve (a score) in e.g. a test.
  4. [intransitive] To record (the score) for a game or a match
  5. [transitive] To scratch (paper or cardboard) with a sharp implement to make it easier to fold.
  6. [transitive] To make fine, shallow lines with a sharp implement as cutting indications.
  7. [intransitive, slang] To have sexual intercourse.
  8. [transitive, slang] To acquire or gain.
  9. [intransitive] To obtain something desired.
  10. [transitive] To provide (a film, etc.) with a musical score.

Specialised definition of the verb score

Glossary of sports

to gain a point or goal (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / soccer

to put the ball into the net for a goal; also, the tally of goals for each team playing in a game


  1. "Score" a.k.a. "The Score" is a 2001 crime thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett, and Marlon Brando in his final film role.
  2. "Score" is a sexploitation film directed by Radley Metzger that was one of the first films to explore bisexual relationships. It was part of the brief porn chic fad in the early 1970s that also included The Devil in Miss Jones and Deep Throat. The film was based on an off-Broadway stage play that ran for 23 performances at the Martinique Theatre from October 28 through November 15, 1971 and that featured Sylvester Stallone in a brief role. The theatrical version of Score was written by Jerry Douglas, who later became a mainstream screenwriter. It was set in a shabby Queens tenement, while the film was set in an elegant, mythical land and sported a relatively high budget for an independent film of that era.
  3. "Score" is a 2013 documentary and sport film directed by Tamara Jungwirth.
    • country: Australia
    • genres: Documentary film, Sports
    • released on
  4. "Score" is a film, directed by Allan Gustafsson & Rolie Nikiwe.
  5. "Score" is a film, directed by Atsushi Moruga.
  6. "Score" is a short film, written and directed by Lawrence Côté-Collins.
  7. "Score" is a film.
  8. "Score" is a film, directed by Josh Eliot.


  1. "Score" a.k.a. "Score!" is a book published in 1999 that was written by Jilly Cooper.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (16 years ago)
  2. "Score" is an off-Broadway play that ran for 23 performances at the Martinique Theatre from October 28 - November 15, 1971.


  1. "Score" is the fourth album by Paul Haslinger, which was released on January 26, 1999, on RGB Records.
  2. "Score" is a musical album of Herbert, soundtrack.
    • also known as Score Soundtrack
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "Score" is a musical EP of Felguk & Electric Tease.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  4. "Score" is a musical album of Randy Brecker.
    • released in (46 years ago)
  5. "Score" is a musical album of The RAah Project.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Score" a.k.a. "Score!" is a musical album of Candysuck.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  7. "Score" is a musical album of Leon Somov & Jazzu.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  8. "Score" is a musical EP of Tony Senghore.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  9. "Score" is a musical album of Kicking K8.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  10. "Score" is a musical album of The Brecker Brothers.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  11. "Score" is a musical album of The Jolly Rogers.
  12. "Score" is a musical album of Steve Thompson.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  13. "Score" is a musical album of Ephemera.
  14. "Score" is a composition.
  15. "Score" is a musical album of Manta Ray.
    • released in (16 years ago)


SCORE is an Aviation waypoint.


  1. SCORE: Project SCORE was the world’s first communications satellite. Launched aboard an American Atlas rocket on December 18, 1958, SCORE provided a first test of a communications relay system in space, as well as the first successful use of the Atlas as a launch vehicle. It captured world attention by broadcasting a Christmas message via short wave radio from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower through an on-board tape recorder. SCORE, as a geopolitical strategy, placed the United States at an even technological par with the Soviet Union as a highly functional response to the Sputnik satellites.
    • also known as Project SCORE
  2. Score: In statistics, the score, score function, efficient score or informant indicates how sensitively a likelihood function depends on its parameter . Explicitly, the score for is the gradient of the log-likelihood with respect to .
  3. Score: In sport, score is a quantitative measure of the relative performance of opponents in a sporting discipline. Score is usually measured in the abstract unit of points, and events in the competition can raise or lower the score of the involved parties. Most games with score use it as a quantitative indicator of success in the game, and in competition, a goal is often made of attaining a better score than one's opponents in order to win.
  4. SCORE is a scorewriter program, written in FORTRAN for DOS by Professor Leland Smith. It has a reputation for producing very high-quality results, though considered by some people somewhat difficult to learn. It was widely used in engraving during the 1980s and 1990s, although it still has not appeared in a Windows version. It continues to have a small, dedicated following of quality engravers, many of whom regard it as the world's best music-engraving program. Many publications that have earned Paul Revere and German Musikpresse engraving awards are produced with SCORE. SCORE is known for its ability to precisely position symbols on the page, and also allows the user complete control over every aspect of their music through making every possible aspect of music notation manually controllable.
    • also known as SCORE notation program
  5. SCORE was the weekend sports service of the Financial News Network which aired sports-themed programming starting in 1985. It was renamed FNN Sports in 1990 when FNN decided to go with a 24-hour feed on weekdays. SCORE was forced to dissolve after CNBC bought out FNN in 1991.
  6. SCORE is a Pakistani sports talk show airing on Geo TV hosted by Yahya Hussaini. The program is written by Khursheed Alam and directed by Farrukh Suleman. This show was first aired on 28 February 2011 and running until now.
    • begun on (4 years ago)
    • country: Pakistan
    • genre: Talk show
  7. SCORE was an English language general sports magazine printed in Madrid, Spain and distributed monthly along the Costa del Sol. The magazine adopted an Anglo-centric focus on all sports, offering coverage of the month's top events, as well as a local focus.
  8. Score is a TV program, begun on (10 years ago).
  9. Score: The percent of people polled that are in favor of this entity or would vote for this entity.
  10. Score: A score for a team in the competition (the scores connection between score and competitor will be determined by the winner-property.
  11. Score: The score associated with the competitor in the match.
  12. Score: The text of the score, ranking, or grade given to the wine vintage. Examples: 90, or 100, or Grade A, or B+, or Superior, or Very Good.

Phrases with Score

Phrases starting with the word Score:

  1. Score Off
  2. score out
  3. Score-Off
  4. score paper
  5. Score String
  6. Score a Brace

Phrases ending with the word Score:

  1. Z Score
  2. No Score
  3. to score
  4. Box score
  5. Game score
  6. High Score
  7. keep score
  8. line score
  9. apgar score
  10. Credit Score
  11. bowling score
  12. musical score
  13. To Keep Score
  14. baseball score

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Score

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Google previewHandbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology (2013)

by Cecil Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

The child's raw score is the total number of errors made. Normative data are also available for each of the six subtests of the category test (Knights & Norwood, 1980). Domain Measured. The category test is a measure of concept formation.

Google previewCorruption, Public Finances and the Unofficial Economy (1999)

by Simon Johnson, Daniel Kaufmann, Pablo Zoido-Lobatón

Note that a higher score means less regulatory burden (1-7). Government [Interference on ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Statistical Concepts (2013)

Third Edition by Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn, Richard G. Lomax

the quiz score means do differ for the two statistics groups when adjusted (or controlling) for aptitude in statistics, and (b) the slope of the regression ...

Google previewA Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests (2006)

Administration, Norms, and Commentary by Esther Strauss, Elisabeth M. S. Sherman, Otfried Spreen

The total score is a ratio of number correct and time. The child must fill in codes ( Xs or Os) that...

Google previewUp Your Score, 2013-2014 edition (2012)

The Underground Guide to the SAT by Larry Berger, Michael Colton, JaJa Liao, Manek Mistry, Paul Rossi

Written for students by students, Up Your Score is the book kids will actually want to use to help them ace the test.

Google previewCausal Inference for Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences (2015)

An Introduction by Guido W. Imbens, Donald B. Rubin

Formally, a balancing score is a function of the covariates such that the probability (in the super-population) of receiving...

Google previewClinical Disorders of Memory (2012)

by Aman U. Khan

The score is the total number of misidentifications. This test is supposed to assess auditory—verbal perception, auditory—visual coordination of language processing, and sustained attention and concentration throughout a relatively complex ...

Google previewMeasurement for Evaluation in Kinesiology (2015)

by C Dorathea Andrews, East Carolina University Matthew Mahar, Ted Baumgartner, Dr David Rowe, Andrew S Jackson

Notice that most people scored higher on trial 2 than on trial 1, with the trial means of 7.80 and 9.20, so there is a systematic improvement in the scores. If you use a two-way ANOVA model and the criterion score is the mean of people's trial ...

Google previewLaboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures (2012)

by Cynthia C. Chernecky, Barbara J. Berger

The numerator score is the distance at which the card was read, and the denominator score is the line number of the smallest-sized letters read correctly. 4. Testing in young children: a. For young children, the “E” chart is substituted for the ...

Google previewAdvanced Google AdWords (2014)

by Brad Geddes

Quality score is the single most confusing number in your entire adWords account. it is often considered an ambiguous number that is...

Google previewSocial Media Marketing (2010)

An Hour a Day by Dave Evans

A negative score means you have more detractors than promoters: Jumping into social media and expecting to use it as an outreach tool with a negative Net Promoter score is a lot like bringing a spoon to a knife fight. You're in trouble before you even walk in.

Google previewEssentials of NEPSY-II Assessment (2010)

by Sally L. Kemp, Marit Korkman

Scores: Primary Scores NMFree and Cued Recall Total Score is the sum of the points earned on Free and Cued Recall for the story administered. (See TableA.1 intheClinical and Interpretive Manual to obtain the NM Free Cued Recall Scaled ...

Google previewTeaching and Learning Styles (2001)

VARK Strategies by Neil D. Fleming

- Score: is the similarity distance rate between two compared images. Score is a real number between 0 and 100. A zero score means that the two images have ...

Google previewInformation Technology and Organizations (2003)

Trends, Issues, Challenges and Solutions by Mehdi Khosrowpour

Score: is the similarity distance rate between two compared images. Score is a real number between 0 and 100. A zero score means that the two images have ...

Google previewCredit Repair Kit For Dummies (2014)

by Steve Bucci

Your insurance score is a snapshot of your insurance risk at a particular point in time. It's a number based on the information in your credit report that shows whether you're more or less likely to have claims in the near future that result in losses ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

See Bronchoscopy, Colonscopy, Cystoscopy, Endoscopy, Hysteroscopy, Laser bronchoscopy, Mass spectroscopy, Salpingoscopy, Virtual colonoscopy score noun Economic impact report Health legislation A report by the Congressional ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

let Allows a rally and resulting score to be disregarded. Lets are declared by the umpire without appeals from the players. match Generally consists of the best of three games. receiver Player ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

Apgar score Sign Score 0 1 2 Heart rate Absent Slow – below 100 Fast – above 100 Respiratory effort Absent Slow, irregular Good, crying Muscle tone Limp Some flexion of the Active Anthrax bacilli SPIRILLA (central spores) Coliforms ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

JARMAN SCORE An index of communitywide social deprivation, used mainly by general practitioners in the United Kingdom.570 Unlike the TOWNSEND SCORE, the Jarman score has no theoretical basis; it uses weighted values for ...

Google previewNewbold's Biometric Dictionary for Military and Industry (2008)

2nd Edition by Richard D. Newbold, JD, MBA, CIPP/G

Score - 1)A number indicating the degree of similarity or correlation of a biometric match. Traditional authentication methods–passwords, PINs, keys, and tokens— are binary, offering only a strict yes/no response. This is not the case with most ...

Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary E-Book (2012)

by Denise Tiran

Pelvic score cervical feature 0 Dilation of < 1 cm Length of 4 cm Station of presenting −3 cm part (relative to the ischial spines) Consistency of firm Position of cervix posterior calculus stone formed in gallbladder, bile duct, kidney or ureter .

Google previewThe London Commercial Dictionary, and Sea-port Gazetteer, Exhibiting a Clear View of the Commerce and Manufactures of All Nations; and Their Several Products (1819)

With the Name of Each in Every European Language ... To which is Added an Appendix Containing Tables of ... Duties ... by William Anderson (of London.)

per Score + Barrels ....... 6 per 100. er Score Boxes or Jars - P about 1 cwt........ 6 per ditto. per ditto under 1 cwt. .... per Score Frails or Baskets per ditto ; and , ditto ditto Roots, Flower .........per Case ................ Rags and old Ropes ....per Ton.

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Sign Language: Sports & Recreation : Sign Language: Referee, Umpire, Score

The referees at the game were as bad as the umpires last week. Learn how to do sign language related to sports and recreation in this free education video.

Quotes about Score

Victor Young had been hired to write the score for the dances of The Ten Commandments but he became very ill. You were then hired to write the score. But at the same time you'd written The Man with the Golden Arm score. (Elmer Bernstein)
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The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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