gamut

[ gam-uht ]
/ ˈgæm ət /

noun

the entire scale or range: the gamut of dramatic emotion from grief to joy.
Music.
  1. the whole series of recognized musical notes.
  2. the major scale.

Origin of gamut

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin; contraction of gamma ut, equivalent to gamma, used to represent the first or lowest tone (G) 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
Can be confusedgambit gamut gantlet gauntlet
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gamut

/ (ˈgæmət) /

noun

entire range or scale, as of emotions
music
  1. a scale, esp (in medieval theory) one starting on the G on the bottom line of the bass staff
  2. the whole range of notes
physics the range of chromaticities that can be obtained by mixing three colours

Word Origin for gamut

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 re sonare fibris, Mi ra gestorum fa muli tuorum, Sol ve polluti la bi reatum, S ancte I ohannes
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Word Origin and History for gamut

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