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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCORED

The lightness of the bread can easily be scored when the bread is cut.

The Fireworks Music was scored for fifty-six wind instruments.

Jake followed as far as he could and fired at each chance, but scored no hit.

That piece of a word was scored out and "dangers" written in its place.

Somebody to be attacked—somebody to be scored off—somebody to be squared.

When forty love had been scored against me I appealed to the referee.

This must be roasted or baked, the skin having been previously scored with a knife.

And Tresler knew that his presence was accepted, and that he had scored the first point.

His face was as brown as the surface of a prairie trail and just as scored with ruts.

The play in which David Warfield scored his highest success.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English scoru "twenty," from Old Norse skor "mark, notch, incision; a rift in rock," also, in Icelandic, "twenty," from Proto-Germanic *skura-, from PIE root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear).

The connecting notion probably is counting large numbers (of sheep, etc.) with a notch in a stick for each 20. That way of counting, called vigesimalism, also exists in French: In Old French, "twenty" (vint) or a multiple of it could be used as a base, e.g. vint et doze ("32"), dous vinz et diz ("50"). Vigesimalism was or is a feature of Welsh, Irish, Gaelic and Breton (as well as non-IE Basque), and it is speculated that the English and the French picked it up from the Celts. Cf. tally (n.).

The prehistoric sense of the Germanic word, then, likely was "straight mark like a scratch, line drawn by a sharp instrument," but in English this is attested only from c.1400, along with the sense "mark made (on a chalkboard, etc.) to keep count of a customer's drinks in a tavern." This sense was extended by 1670s to "mark made for purpose of recording a point in a game or match," and thus "aggregate of points made by contestants in certain games and matches" (1742, originally in whist).

From the tavern-keeping sense comes the meaning "amount on an innkeeper's bill" (c.1600) and thus the figurative verbal expression settle scores (1775). Meaning "printed piece of music" first recorded 1701, said to be from the practice of connecting related staves by scores of lines. Especially "music composed for a film" (1927). Meaning "act of obtaining narcotic drugs" is by 1951.

Scoreboard is from 1826; score-keeping- from 1905; newspaper sports section score line is from 1965; baseball score-card is from 1877.

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