Middle English Dictionary Entry

scōr(e n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A crack, crevice; (b) a mark on a tree to be felled; (c) a track, way; holden ~ after, to follow (sb.); (d) a limit, boundary; oute of ~, immoderately, unreasonably; also, at all [quot.: HS 3679]; (e) ~ nail, a treenail, prob. with a score in its head to receive a treenail wedge; (f) pl. ?a pathological condition involving marks of some kind on the body; ?error for sores, pl. of sor(e n.(1); ?error for sornes(se n.
(a) A tally stick; bi ~, as recorded on a tally; in ~, marked on a tally [some quots. may belong in (b) and vice versa]; (b) a financial record, perh. kept by tallies; ?also, a diary [quot.: 1483]; upon ~, on credit; (c) a reckoning, total amount; enumeration; rekenen for ~, to settle accounts; -- used fig.; (d) a legal charge, sentence.
Twenty, a score: (a) as noun; -- often with of phrase; also, twenty persons, etc.; mani (a) ~, large numbers; (b) as adj.; mani ~; (c) as an abstract number.
In compound numbers: (a) as noun; four (six, nin, etc.) ~, eighty (one hundred and twenty, one hundred and eighty, etc.); four ~ and seven, twenti ~ and five, etc.; thousand ~, twenty thousand; a large indefinite number; bi thousand ~, by twenty-thousandfold; (b) as adj.; four (thre, ten, etc.) ~; four ~ and nin, seven ~ and five, etc.; four (thre, ten, hundred) ~ thousand; scores nin, seven scores.
(a) Twenty years of age; (b) a weight of twenty pounds; (c) a measure of quantity equivalent to twenty units.
?In place name [see Smith PNElem.2.113].

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Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(f)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. scores.