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SCORE, noun

1. A notch or incision; hence, the number twenty. Our ancestors, before the knowledge of writing, numbered and kept accounts of numbers by cutting notches on a stick or tally, and making one notch the representative of twenty. A simple mark answered the same purpose.

2. A line drawn.

3. An account or reckoning; as, he paid his score

4. An account kept of something past; an epoch; an era.

5. Debt, or account of debt.

6. Account; reason; motive.

But left the trade, as many more have lately done on the same score

7. Account; sake.

You act your kindness of Cydaria's score

8. In music, the original and entire draught of any composition, or its transcript.

To quit scores, to pay fully; to make even by giving an equivalent.

A song in score the words with the musical notes of a song annexed.

SCORE, verb transitive

1. To notch; to cut and chip for the purpose of preparing for hewing; as, to score timber.

2. To cut; to engrave.

3. To mark by a line.

4. To set down as a debt.

Madam, I know when, instead of five, you scored me ten.

5. To set down or take as an account; to charge; as, to score follies.

6. To form a score in music.