American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A complete range or extent: a face that expressed a gamut of emotions, from rage to peaceful contentment.
- n. Music The entire series of recognized notes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music:
- n. The first or gravest note in Guido's scale of music; gamma ut.
- n. The major scale, whether indicated by notes or syllables, or merely sung.
- n. A scale on which notes in music are written or printed, consisting of lines and spaces which are named after the first seven letters of the alphabet.
- n. In old Eng. church music, the key of G. Also gamma.
- n. Figuratively, the whole scale, range, or compass of a thing.
- n. A (normally) complete range.
- n. music All the notes in the musical scale.
- n. All the colours available to a device such as a monitor or printer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) The scale.
- n. the entire scale of musical notes
- n. a complete extent or range:
- Middle English, the musical scale, from Medieval Latin gamma ut, low G : gamma, lowest note of the medieval scale (from Greek, gamma; see gamma) + ut, first note of the lowest hexachord (after ut, first word in a Latin hymn to Saint John the Baptist, the initial syllables of successive lines of which were sung to the notes of an ascending scale CDEFGA: Ut queant laxis resonare fibris Mira gestorum famuli tuorum, Solve polluti labii reatum, Sancte Iohannes). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“As for the clothes, they ranged the gamut from a minidress with sharp leather shoulders to a corset accented with a tweed top.”
“My personal favorites, all bolt guns, run the gamut from a .257 Roberts thru a 7mm Remington Magnum (specific application there, not general deer work).”
“The specimens cover a gamut from the best of their kind to the run-of-the-mill and tacky.”
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“Today, science fiction runs the entire gamut from the pulpish to the mainstream (Chabon, McCarthy) and ideas may be served up wholesale in many other media.”
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“These transcripts of the 30 'best' interviews run the gamut from the farceur Ben Travers, who saw WG Grace play, to Lily Allen”
“Instead, motivations run a complicated gamut from the stark realities of economics to oscillating dynamics of power and powerlessness, sometimes sadomasochistically tinged.”
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