Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A syllable representing the tone C, otherwise represented by do, in the French system of solmization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Syllable (formerly) used in solfège to represent the first note of a major scale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The first note in Guido's musical scale, now usually superseded by do. See solmization.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of Utah.
  • n. In solmization, the syllable once generally used for the first tone or key-note of the scale. It is now commonly superseded, except in France, by do. See solmization and do.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization
  • n. a state in the western United States; settled in 1847 by Mormons led by Brigham Young
  • n. the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England; it is the same everywhere

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin; see gamut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ut, from the first word of ut queant laxis, a medieval hymn, where the first word in each line was taken to use for the names of the syllables of sol-fa. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The first one (ut) was changed to _DO_ as early as the sixteenth century because of the difficulty of producing a good singing tone on _ut_.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • For _usu compertum habemus, superstitiones etiam postquam explosoe essent, si qua relicta fuissent earum monumenta, cum memoriam sui ipsarum apud homines, tum id tandem ut revocerantur obtinuisse_, saith Wolphius, (530) who hereupon thinks it behoveful to destroy _funditus_ such vestiges of superstition, for this cause, if there were no more: _ut et aspirantibus ad revocandam idololatriam spes frangatur, et res novas molientibus ansa pariter ac materia proeripiatur_.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Siate usus etc. ita ut uunc aratro ut€ - retur, nunc falce.

    P. Ovidii Nasonis Fastorum libri VI.

  • Polygonum mas, ramos habet teneros O* mollesfiequen* tibmgeniculis cmilos: quifer terra, ut Gramen, repunt: folia % ut#, jedmolliora longiora. yfeminefiib folijs turgefcete: mdemaremappellari uoluntfios eim candidm, aut pumcem.

    Pedanii Dioscoridis Anazarbei De medicinali materia libri sex

  • (Oct. 17th) respecting the conduct of the bishops in connection with the subscription to the canons, it would appear that the close of the prelatic assembly did not disgrace the amenities of the debates at its commencement (see _ante_, p. 499): "Accidit mira Dei providentia, ut repente inter episcopos, qui erant Poysiaci, tam grave dissidium ortum fuerit, ut fere ad manus venerint, imo, ut homines fide digni affirmant res _ut pugnis et unguibus_ est acta."

    The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)

  • In this case, the ut is interpreted as a final "ut" (in order that).

    Celebration Versus Deum Still Applicable Law

  • Hopefully we'll congruo ut gloss super ingens in ut 35% probatur praecessi quod EGO can iam probo EGO didn't mereo mereor.

    50 entries from June 2007

  • Half the Tyrone, knowin 'the ould place, tuk ut up: so we called ut

    Indian Tales

  • Half the Tyrone, knowin 'the ould place, tuk it up: so we called ut Silver's Theatre.

    Soldiers Three

  • Half the Tyrone, knowin 'the ould place, tuk ut up: so we called ut Silver's Theatre.

    Soldier Stories

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  • Ut queant laxis

    resonare fibris,

    Mira gestorum

    famuli tuorum,

    Solve polluti

    labii reatum,

    Sancte Ioannes.

    November 26, 2008

  • Usage on oud.

    November 3, 2008