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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Then tears, then boredom, then anger, sometimes the whole gamut in an hour.
▪ We run the whole gamut from wonderful fathers to terrible fathers.
▪ One or the other ... Hybrids comprised a whole gamut of deformities.
▪ Subsidiary characters run the gamut of weird and wacky academics, familiar from a host of campus novels.
▪ His thoughts had run the gamut during lunch, competing in an emotional decathlon.
▪ James Bond ran a similar gamut of attempts to bring his life to a halt.
▪ Factors fueling the avid interest in e-commerce run the gamut of the business process.
▪ Rhine Riesling runs the gamut from dry to sweet, but it is generally dry.
▪ They run the gamut from exploding scoreboards to sushi bars.
▪ The action in the ring runs the gamut from high-flying to low brow.
▪ His targets run the gamut from welfare recipients to corporate executives.
▪ "Fear" is a word that covers a gamut of different feelings.
▪ Alternative therapies have been successful with a whole gamut of health problems.
▪ Lodgings run the gamut from rustic cabins to plush hotels.
▪ New mothers can experience the whole gamut of emotions, from intense joy to deep depression.
▪ Experiments around the country are running the gamut, with the interesting experiments occurring mainly in smaller states.
▪ Factors fueling the avid interest in e-commerce run the gamut of the business process.
▪ His thoughts had run the gamut during lunch, competing in an emotional decathlon.
▪ It will continue to offer a lineup of products that, well, cover the gamut of all users.
▪ Rhine Riesling runs the gamut from dry to sweet, but it is generally dry.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Scale \Scale\, n. [L. scalae, pl., scala staircase, ladder; akin to scandere to climb. See Scan; cf. Escalade.]

  1. A ladder; a series of steps; a means of ascending. [Obs.]

  2. Hence, anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure or rule, or marked by lines at regular intervals. Specifically:

    1. A mathematical instrument, consisting of a slip of wood, ivory, or metal, with one or more sets of spaces graduated and numbered on its surface, for measuring or laying off distances, etc., as in drawing, plotting, and the like. See Gunter's scale.

    2. A series of spaces marked by lines, and representing proportionately larger distances; as, a scale of miles, yards, feet, etc., for a map or plan.

    3. A basis for a numeral system; as, the decimal scale; the binary scale, etc.

    4. (Mus.) The graduated series of all the tones, ascending or descending, from the keynote to its octave; -- called also the gamut. It may be repeated through any number of octaves. See Chromatic scale, Diatonic scale, Major scale, and Minor scale, under Chromatic, Diatonic, Major, and Minor.

  3. Gradation; succession of ascending and descending steps and degrees; progressive series; scheme of comparative rank or order; as, a scale of being.

    There is a certain scale of duties . . . which for want of studying in right order, all the world is in confusion.

  4. Relative dimensions, without difference in proportion of parts; size or degree of the parts or components in any complex thing, compared with other like things; especially, the relative proportion of the linear dimensions of the parts of a drawing, map, model, etc., to the dimensions of the corresponding parts of the object that is represented; as, a map on a scale of an inch to a mile.

    Scale of chords, a graduated scale on which are given the lengths of the chords of arcs from 0[deg] to 90[deg] in a circle of given radius, -- used in measuring given angles and in plotting angles of given numbers of degrees.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "low G, lowest note in the medieval musical scale" (the system of notation devised by Guido d'Arezzo), a contraction of Medieval Latin gamma ut, from gamma, the Greek letter, used in medieval music notation to indicate the note below the A which began the classical scale, + ut (now do), the low note on the six-note musical scale that took names from syllables sung to those notes in a Latin sapphic hymn for St. John the Baptist's Day: Ut queant laxis resonare fibris\n
Mira gestorum famuli tuorum,\n
Solve pollutis labiis reatum,\n
Sancte Iohannes
.The ut being the conjunction "that." Gamut also was used for "range of notes of a voice or instrument" (1630s), also "the whole musical scale," hence the figurative sense of "entire scale or range" of anything, first recorded 1620s. When the modern octave scale was set early 16c., si was added, changed to ti in Britain and U.S. to keep the syllables as different from each other as possible. Ut later was replaced by more sonorous do (n.). See also solmization.


n. 1 A (normally) complete range. 2 (context music English) All the notes in the musical scale. 3 All the colours available to a device such as a monitor or printer.

  1. n. a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"

  2. the entire scale of musical notes

Gamut (disambiguation)

Gamut is the range of colors that can be reproduced by a particular printing process, display device, or set of paints.
In figurative speech it means range or scale.

Gamut may also refer to:


In color reproduction, including computer graphics and photography, the gamut, or color gamut , is a certain complete subset of colors. The most common usage refers to the subset of colors which can be accurately represented in a given circumstance, such as within a given color space or by a certain output device.

Another sense, less frequently used but not less correct, refers to the complete set of colors found within an image at a given time. In this context, digitizing a photograph, converting a digitized image to a different color space, or outputting it to a given medium using a certain output device generally alters its gamut, in the sense that some of the colors in the original are lost in the process.

Usage examples of "gamut".

BLANC Planted mainly in France, chenin blanc runs the gamut from cheap, dry whites with little discernible character to some of the most subtle, fragrant, and complex whites in the world.

The majority of these titles are reprints from science-fiction magazines and clothbound books, and they run the gamut of the range and history of the literature.

Heaven only knows what a psychochemical wilderness the world will be when all the tailored pheromones and augmentary psychotropics have run the gamut of mutational variation.

Sauces run the gamut from the simple garnishes of the south to near Western-style brown sauces and even pork sauces of the northern and western provinces.

As Tom watched, two Corsicans strung speaker wire for the two amplified subbass speakers that from above could create a cornucopia of wall-vibrating sounds running the gamut from the window-rattling noise of about-to-land military aircraft to the ominous rumble of close-by thunder.

Centuriate to return consuls and praetors first, then the full gamut of patricians and plebeians in the Popular Assembly to return the more minor magistrates, and finally the tribes in the Plebeian Assembly, which restricted its activities to the election of plebeian aediles and tribunes of the plebs.

If you examine science in its everyday aspect, of course you find that scientists run the gamut of human emotion, personality and character.

Through the adapted senses of these unfortunates, the parasites intended to explore this new world and run through another gamut of experience.

At times when they listened intently, especially when they closed their eyes, there came to them a subdued, steady bourdon, profound, unceasing, a vast, numb murmur, like no other sound in all the gamut of nature--the sound of a city at night, the hum of a great, conglomerate life, wrought out there from moment to moment under the stars and under the moon, while the last hours of the old year dropped quietly away.

Cal watched him move from table to table, watched his face run a gamut of hammy theatrical expressions, each one donned and doffed like a Commedia del Arte mask.

Their talk ran the gamut from the conservancy district to the death of Betita Cordova, who fell in the gorge in the snow on the same day John F.

His first song ran a gamut of transparent double entendre and monothematic suggestion that would have brought blushes to the cheeks of the blowsiest barmaid, ana was accordingly received with tumultuous applause.

A dozen chance gestures indicated the torment of her spirit——the constant rapping of her knife against the table, her bread crumbed to pieces but uneaten, the frequent change from posture to posture of her full and flexible figure, shifting through that broad range of attitude——the very gamut of gracefulness——familiar to Italian women.

After that date, however, they assumed a very singular and terrible cast as they ran the gamut betwixt dronings of dull acquiescence and explosions of frantic pain or fury, rumblings of conversations and whines of entreaty, pantings of eagerness and shouts of protest.

These were exploding weapons that ran the gamut, from the lowest-calibre handguns and rifles to the most sophisticated weapons of modern warfare - thousand-round automatic machine guns with spiralling clips on near-weightless frames to laser-guided rockets to be fired from the shoulder, an arsenal for terrorists.