Definition of gamut in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈgamət


(the gamut)
  • 1The complete range or scope of something: the whole gamut of human emotion
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    • Anger, jealousy, possessiveness, suspicion, aggression - Harry experiences a whole gamut of human emotions, but seems to able to control them much better that he did in The Phoenix.
    • Her face could register the gamut of human emotions without ever fully revealing her inner nature.
    • These stories take you on an exciting journey, and you traverse a whole gamut of human experience and emotions that reflect the changing Tamil milieu.
    range, spectrum, span, sweep, compass, scope, area, breadth, width, reach, extent, catalogue, scale, sequence, series; variety
  • 2 Music A complete scale of musical notes; the range of a voice or instrument: the orchestral gamut
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    • The older corpus tended to treat E and B as notes of secondary importance, but later chants frequently contain passages that use all notes of the gamut equally freely; they also appear to emphasize interlocking chains of 3rds.
    • A strong keyboard technique is called for, with high priority on the ability to vary tonal color to suggest the full orchestral gamut.
  • 2.1 historical A scale consisting of seven overlapping hexachords, containing all the recognized notes used in medieval music, covering almost three octaves from bass G to treble E.
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    • The corresponding framework for medieval music is the diatonic gamut from G2 to E5, with B-flat3 and B-flat4.
  • 2.2 historical The lowest note in the gamut scale.
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    • Part-music of this period tends to employ the alto-baritone range of pitches, and the usual tuning of this harp began at GG - the gamut, by convention the lowest note in vocal music.


run the gamut

Experience, display, or perform the complete range of something: Owen runs the gamut of emotions in the space of the film
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  • In scheduling enough content to run the gamut of women's experiences, the festival has performed a balancing act.
  • This compilation offers a wide range of genres, running the gamut from garage rock through funk, new wave and electroclash to atmospheric rock, and even mellow jazz.
  • The conference planners negotiate special rates at a large number of area hotels that run the gamut of price ranges, and some very special deals are available.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin gamma ut, originally the name of the lowest note in the medieval scale (bass G an octave and a half below middle C), then applied to the whole range of notes used in medieval music. The Greek letter Γ (gamma) was used for bass G, with ut indicating that it was the first note in the lowest of the hexachords or six-note scales (see solmization).

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