Definition of underscore in English:



  • 1A line drawn under a word or phrase for emphasis.

    dash, rule, bar, score
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    1. 1.1(on a computer or typewriter keyboard) a short horizontal line (_) on the baseline.
      • ‘My browser at work won't accept URLs with underscores in them, so I always had to wait until I got home to catch up with Dawn's escapades.’
      • ‘For example, maybe you really hate typing underscore characters, so you don't use them when naming database tables or named constants.’
      • ‘Make sure you include a hyphen or underscore between each word.’
      • ‘Variable names always start with a dollar sign and then have the variable name, which can have letters, numbers, or underscores but can't start with a number.’
      • ‘Well, the underscore, to the best of my knowledge was used in computer programming when a space wouldn't do; when a space would confuse the program.’
      • ‘The import filter offered to replace the hyphen with an underscore character, and other than the name change, the file read perfectly.’


  • 1 Underline (something)

    • ‘It was not uncommon for respondents to heavily underscore the words ‘secure job with a pension’ in their answers to my question about why they went to university.’
    underscore, mark, pick out, emphasize, highlight
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    1. 1.1Emphasize.
      ‘the company underscored the progress made with fuel cells’
      • ‘Your comment underscores for me why I think a movie using special effects would be an obscenity.’
      • ‘During the poetry reading sessions, she acknowledges her audience by frequently underscoring important words both with a vocal change and a head movement towards or away from her listeners.’
      • ‘Even as he recounts over 30 years later that I lost one patient during that epidemic, one is conscious of the sense of regret which underscores the words.’
      • ‘The research underscores, for example, the importance of people's being motivated to become a part of the host culture, of having a strong sense of self and of finding a cultural mentor.’
      • ‘‘This review underscores just how seriously these budget cuts are impacting the university,’ Allen said.’
      • ‘The ‘it-girl’ persona underscores what is valued in the public sphere for women, namely wealth, beauty, and social status.’
      • ‘The tug of cultural anthropology and sociology is strong here, and underscores food as symbol and metaphor, a cultural numerator essential to the human equation.’
      • ‘That is certainly true, although it underscores the somewhat narrow focus and reach of his analysis.’
      • ‘Jack underscored his words by sending Adam sprawling to the ground with another push.’
      • ‘The decision underscores once again, however, that for the Supreme Court, the rights of young people are shredded when they walk through the schoolhouse gates.’
      • ‘The episode underscores just how furious - and arrogant - big media owners can get when journalists challenge their prerogatives and power.’
      • ‘What this underscores is that the strategic significance of a region depends ultimately on the extent to which it gets caught up in the interactions of great powers.’
      • ‘It's a handsome house carefully attended by a mindful gardener who simply underscores its unfussy character.’
      • ‘But this awful moment, haunting in an overt way, only underscores what the rest of the film does not do - make you care a whit about what happens to Cal.’