from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An external boundary; a circuit.
  • n. Sphere or scope. See Synonyms at range.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sphere or area of control and influence of something.
  • n. A circuit, or a boundary around a property.
  • n. A span of actions, thoughts, or words.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Circuit or compass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Compass or circuit; circumference; boundary: as, the ambit of a fortification or of a country.
  • n. Extent; sphere; scope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:


Latin ambitus, from past participle of ambīre, to go around; see ambient.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ambitus ("going around, circuit"), from ambiō ("go around"). (Wiktionary)



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