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gamut

noun gam·ut \ˈga-mət\

: a range or series of related things

Full Definition of GAMUT

1
:  the whole series of recognized musical notes
2
:  an entire range or series <ran the gamut from praise to contempt>

Examples of GAMUT

  1. She experienced the full gamut of human emotions.
  2. <the actress's work runs the gamut from goofy comedies to serious historical dramas>

Origin of GAMUT

Medieval Latin gamma, lowest note of a medieval scale (from Late Latin, 3d letter of the Greek alphabet) + ut ut
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of GAMUT

range, gamut, compass, sweep, scope, orbit mean the extent that lies within the powers of something (as to cover or control). range is a general term indicating the extent of one's perception or the extent of powers, capacities, or possibilities <the entire range of human experience>. gamut suggests a graduated series running from one possible extreme to another <a performance that ran the gamut of emotions>. compass implies a sometimes limited extent of perception, knowledge, or activity <your concerns lie beyond the narrow compass of this study>. sweep suggests extent, often circular or arc-shaped, of motion or activity <the book covers the entire sweep of criminal activity>. scope is applicable to an area of activity, predetermined and limited, but somewhat flexible <as time went on, the scope of the investigation widened>. orbit suggests an often circumscribed range of activity or influence within which forces work toward accommodation <within that restricted orbit they tried to effect social change>.

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