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1. A complete range or extent: a face that expressed a gamut of emotions, from rage to peaceful contentment.
2. Music The entire series of recognized notes.
[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).]
1. entire range or scale, as of emotions
2. (Classical Music) music
a. a scale, esp (in medieval theory) one starting on the G on the bottom line of the bass staff
b. the whole range of notes
3. (General Physics) physics the range of chromaticities that can be obtained by mixing three colours
[C15: from Medieval Latin, changed from gamma ut, from gamma, the lowest note of the hexachord as established by Guido d'Arezzo + ut (now, doh), the first of the notes of the scale ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, derived from a Latin hymn to St John: Ut queant laxis resonare fibris, Mira gestorum famuli tuorum, Solve polluti labi reatum, Sancte Iohannes]
1. the entire scale or range: the gamut of dramatic emotion from grief to joy.
2. the whole series of recognized musical notes.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin; contraction of gamma ut=gamma, used to represent the first or lowest tone (German) in the medieval scale + ut (later do); the notes of the scale (ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si) being named from a Latin hymn to St. John the Baptist: Ut queant laxis resonare fibris. Mira gestorum famuli tuorum, Solve polluti labii reatum, Sancte Iohannes]
See also related terms for sequence.
Gamuta range or scale of musical notes.
Examples: gamut of colours, 1824; of crime, 1859; of emotions; of Latin metre, 1864; of notes of music.
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|Noun||1.||gamut - a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"|
ambit, range, scope, reach, compass, orbit - 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"
|2.||gamut - the entire scale of musical notes|
musical scale, scale - (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner