• WordNet 3.6
    • n ambit an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet" "a piano has a greater range than the human voice","the ambit of municipal legislation","within the compass of this article","within the scope of an investigation","outside the reach of the law","in the political orbit of a world power"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ambit Circuit or compass. "His great parts did not live within a small ambit ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ambit Compass or circuit; circumference; boundary: as, the ambit of a fortification or of a country.
    • n ambit Extent; sphere; scope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ambit am′bit a circuit: a space surrounding a house or town: extent of meaning of words, &c.
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  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Ambition can creep as well as soar.”
  • Herbert N. Casson
    Herbert N. Casson
    “The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.”
  • James Champy
    James Champy
    “Big results require big ambitions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ambitus, circuit, fr. ambire, to go around. See Ambient


In literature:

Her own ambition, Scott's ultimate salvation, alike forbade him to renounce his ministerial career.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
On that point she had to keep her ambitions to herself.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Her ambitions were realised in a degree only.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
A man without ambition had better content himself with learning a trade.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Burr's rapid advancement gave full rein to his ambition.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Her pride was hurt and her ambition stirred.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It was she who had awakened his ambition and kept him tolerably straight.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
To make a moldboard as finely tempered in its way as a "Toledo blade" was his ambition.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The ambition of Themistocles was to make Greece commercially supreme.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Ambition is dead, killed by the knowledge of my own shortcomings.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet

In poetry:

This is my ambition:
Not the greatest rhyme,
Not the first position
On the page of time--
"The Poem Speaks" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Ambition, love, and strife
And all the ills
And ecstasies of life—
And Freuds and Brills.
"Sex" by Arthur Guiterman
Many a grand ambition
Had birth and died in a day,
From lack of vigorous nursing
To keep it from decay.
"Many" by Jared Barhite
Fond ambition, whisper not;
Happy is my humble lot.
Anxious, busy cares away;
I’m provided for today.
"Day" by Josiah Conder
Vain, vain such fond ambition,
Man is but earthy sod,
His efforts are as nothing
Besides the works of God.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
Who does the truth, is one
With the living Truth above:
Be God's obedient little son,
Let ambition die in love.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald

In news:

Obama budget plan reveals vastly diminished ambitions.
Biographer explores roots of "Slaughterhouse-Five" author's ambitions, addictions, and humor.
PORT ARTHUR — Not many people can say that they achieved their life's ambition at the age of 17, but Ray Cooley can.
Give Dan Harris, the writer-director of Imaginary Heroes, plenty of credit for boldness and ambition.
Give Dan Harris, the writer/ director of Imaginary Heroes, plenty of credit for boldness and ambition.
Alex Ross Perry doesn't lack ambition.
I was carrying a camera and ambitions of tracking down William Tell in this town in central Switzerland surrounded by mountains.
With the Pageant opening this week, Linda Edwards shakes her head when asked whether she's going to expand her artistic ambitions to her husband Joe's new entertainment palace.
T he spiffing up of Avenue A takes a giant leap with Yerba Buena 's ambition.
Vonn Won't Abandon Ambition to Race in Men's Downhill.
'Downton Abbey ' Cast Spills Secrets on Hollywood Ambitions at Season 3's US Premiere.
Transformers star Fox unveils her hidden ambition to be a marine biologist in the "explore beyond limits" campaign for Acer 's flagship Aspire S7 Utrabook product.
Though he's a Nassau native, the 30 Rock star is an East End heavy hitter, whose ambitions have turned increasingly political of late as he's grown frustrated at the status quo.
As befits its title, the new musical "Giant" doesn't lack for ambition.
But we do know that he's radioactive now – and apparently so blinded by ambition that he's the only one who can't see it.

In science:

Namely for any other definable G ambit (X, G, x0 ) there is a unique continuous (necessarily surjective) map h : SG (M ) → X of definable G flows with f (1) = x0 .
On compactifications and the topological dynamics of definable groups
The general strategy of statistical mechanics is to abandon any ambition to solve models of such systems at the microscopic level of individual elements, but to use the microscopic laws to calculate laws describing the behaviour of a suitably choosen set of macroscopic observables.
Statistical Mechanical Analysis of the Dynamics of Learning in Perceptrons
This discovery forced the phenomenologically oriented physics community to forget about the optimism and ambitions of the early thirties.
PT-symmetry, ghosts, supersymmetry and Klein-Gordon equation
The ultimate theoretical ambition is to determine the full action and origin for Dark Energy.
Insights into Dark Energy: Interplay Between Theory and Observation
However, so far none of these strategies have been able to fulfill their ambitions, and the reproduction of available data is still not satisfactory.
Small x Phenomenology - summary of the 3rd Lund Small x Workshop in 2004