underscoring

underscore

[v. uhn-der-skawr, -skohr, uhn-der-skawr, -skohr; n. uhn-der-skawr, -skohr]
verb (used with object), underscored, underscoring.
1.
to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis.
2.
to stress; emphasize: The recent tragedy underscores the danger of disregarding safety rules.
noun
3.
a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
4.
music for a film soundtrack; background for a film or stage production.

Origin:
1765–75; under- + score

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underscore
 
vb
1.  to draw or score a line or mark under
2.  to stress or reinforce
 
n
3.  a line drawn under written matter

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