gamut

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gamut a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
    • n gamut the entire scale of musical notes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gamut (Mus) The scale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gamut In music:
    • n gamut The first or gravest note in Guido's scale of music; gamma ut.
    • n gamut The major scale, whether indicated by notes or syllables, or merely sung.
    • n gamut 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 gamut In old Eng. church music, the key of G. Also gamma.
    • n gamut Figuratively, the whole scale, range, or compass of a thing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gamut gam′ut the musical scale: the whole extent of a thing.
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Quotations

  • Dorothy Parker
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    “She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gamme + ut, the name of a musical note. F. gamme, is fr. the name of the Greek letter , which was used by Guido d'Arezzo to represent the first note of his model scale. See Gamma, and Ut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
So called from the Gr. gamma, which marked the last of the series of notes in the musical notation of Guido Aretinus, and L. ut, the beginning of an old hymn to St John ('Ut queant laxis') used in singing the scale.

Usage

In literature:

The gamut of bliss had not all been run.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
I ran over a gamut of names of those I knew in past years.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
Wild flowers, birds, and animals also run the gamut of the zones.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
By this time the song of Gamut had ceased, and the sisters had learned to still the exhibition of their emotions.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
When Sainte-Beuve published it, he had run up, or down, a rather curious gamut of creeds and crazes.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
We are not, however, without the means of measuring this sub-sensible transportation of the light-gamut.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
I have, after all, pretty well run the whole gamut, without perhaps realizing it.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
And having run the whole insidious gamut, he would turn patiently to run it all over again.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
Little George was kept from the public school, because the gamut was there taught.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Courtrey, who had run life's gamut himself, thought of Tharon Last's straight young purity with growing desire.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
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In news:

Matthew Lillard's filmography runs the gamut, from the goofy Shaggy in the Scooby.
Food and drink run the gamut, from the polite French sensibility of Le Gans to the brazen booziness of the Village Idiot, whose rotund owner is prone to biting the heart out of beer cans and bear-hugging patrons.
The subject matter runs the gamut — from animal welfare to iodine values in pork carcasses.
Arshi's menagerie of creations runs the gamut from small, practical household items—such as vases and mugs—to bigger, not-as-practical-but-really-cool treasures, such as dancing teapots .
Annual celebration runs the gamut from wine tasting to four-wheeler pull.
"Seven years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have been on a gamut of medication," she says.
"It's music that appeals to people, because it runs the gamut of human emotions," he said.
While it's pretty impractical — and nearly impossible — to run the gamut of French wine in a single tasting, a "'round the country" on the basics is possible.
We've got a lot of variety this week: from actresses to costume models to former UFC babes, our contestants run the gamut but have one thing in common: babeliness.
The classy Happy Hour at this classy Lakewood joint runs the gamut, in price and variety.
Samsung's version is the LNR460D and it's claimed to achieve 105 percent of the NTSC/SMPTE-C color gamut.
The demographic of people who are devoted to yoga runs the gamut, and more and more people are incorporating yoga classes to compliment their normal workout routines.
Pressure cookers run the price gamut from $50 to $200 or more.
The arrival of the iPad Mini means tablet devices are now available that run the gamut from micro- to mega-sized.
Advice about applying for jobs posted online runs the gamut from being a complete waste of time to being the cutting-edge method most employers are using to locate the best candidates for a job opening.
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In science:

These algorithms were then tested against selected variants of the Simulated Annealing (SA) algorithm on a gamut of global optimization problems.
Some Remarks on the Optimal Level of Randomization in Global Optimization
Recent models run the gamut from simple, but insightful, analytic studies (Suess and Nerney 2002) to time-dependent multidimensional simulations (e.g., Wiegelmann et al. 2000; Lionello et al. 2001; Ofman 2004).
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
The theme of the article has been governed by a desire to conform to his versatile interest in an entire gamut of physical science through an appropriate choice of sub ject.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Other new physics detectable includes extra dimensions and TeV-scale gravity (the gamut from indirect effects to black hole production); compositeness (up to scales 20–40 TeV); excited quarks, technicolor, strong W W scattering, leptoquarks, new gauge bosons, and heavy right handed neutrinos.
Summary and Highlights of the 14th Topical Conference on Hadron Collider Physics (HCP2002)
The prediction run the gamut from the maximum allowed value all the way to nearly zero.
Concluding Remarks/Summary
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