Word of the Day: Gamut

gamut

gam-ut / găm-ət

noun

1. the entire range, scale or extent

Music contains a whole gamut of experience, from sensuous elements to ultimate intellectual harmonies.

George Santayana, 1863 – 1952

 

2. the entire scale of musical notes; the complete range of a voice or instrument

When Passepartout heard what this last voyage was going to cost, he uttered a prolonged “Oh!” which extended throughout his vocal gamut.

From “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne, 1828 – 1905