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[v. uhn-der-skawr, -skohr, uhn-der-skawr, -skohr; n. uhn-der-skawr, -skohr] /v. ˈʌn dərˌskɔr, -ˌskoʊr, ˌʌn dərˈskɔr, -ˈskoʊr; n. ˈʌn dərˌskɔr, -ˌskoʊr/
verb (used with object), underscored, underscoring.
to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis.
to stress; emphasize:
The recent tragedy underscores the danger of disregarding safety rules.
a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
music for a film soundtrack; background for a film or stage production.
Origin of underscore
1765-75; under- + score Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for underscore
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  • Yet, this month's disasters underscore how much more the system still needs to change-along with the politicians guiding it.
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  • It was as important to him as it was to them to underscore the horror and futility of it.
  • The garden's orchids, bromeliads, palm and guava trees underscore the tropical locale.
  • These incidents are rare, but they underscore the risk of trusting a third party to secure your data over the web.
British Dictionary definitions for underscore


verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈskɔː)
to draw or score a line or mark under
to stress or reinforce
noun (ˈʌndəˌskɔː)
a line drawn under written matter
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Word Origin and History for underscore

1771, "to draw a line under," from under + score (v.). The figurative sense of "to emphasize" is attested from 1891. Noun meaning "a line drawn below (something)" is recorded from 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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underscore in Technology

_, ASCII 95.
Common names: ITU-T: underline; underscore; underbar; under. Rare: score; backarrow; skid; INTERCAL: flatworm.
See also left arrow.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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