from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A (normally) complete range.
- n. All the notes in the musical scale.
- n. All the colours available to a device such as a monitor or printer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The scale.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
1520s, original sense “lowest note of musical scale”, from Medieval Latin gamma ut, from gamma ("(Greek letter, corresponding to the musical note G)") + ut ("first solfège syllable, now replaced by do"). In modern terms, “G do” – the first note of the G scale Meaning later extended to mean all the notes of a scale, and then more generally any complete range. (Wiktionary)