from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the range of a melody, especially those of ecclesiastical chants
  • n. The exterior edge or border of a thing, such as a leaf or shell.
  • n. A canvassing for votes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The exterior edge or border of a thing, as the border of a leaf, or the outline of a bivalve shell.
  • n. A canvassing for votes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A going round; a circuit; the circumference, periphery, edge, or border of a thing, as of a leaf or the valve of a shell.
  • n. 2. In architecture, an open space surrounding a building or a monument.
  • n. In antiquity, an open space about a house separating it from adjoining dwellings, and representing the ancient sacred precinct around a family hearth. In Rome the width of the ambitus was fixed by law at 2½ feet.
  • n. In ancient Rome, the act of canvassing for public office or honors. See ambition, 1.—5. In logic, the extension of a term.
  • n. In Gregorian music. the range or compass of a melody.
  • n. In the flat seaurchins or echinoids, the peripheral or equatorial area of the test which is not transsected by the ambulacra.


Latin ambitus ("circuit, ostentation") (Wiktionary)


  • 'algebra' about as much as, in Latin, 'ambitus' implies 'ambition,'

    The Purloined Letter

  • The French are the originators of this particular deception; but if a term is of any importance -- if words derive any value from applicability -- then 'analysis' conveys 'algebra' about as much as, in Latin, 'ambitus' implies 'ambition,' 'religio' 'religion,' or 'homines honesti' a set of honorable men. "

    The Purloined Letter

  • The special feature of this C protus mode is that it supposes two transpositions, to the fourth above and the fifth below D to G and G to C, and the exploitation of a different ambitus.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The juxtaposed melodic phrases extend over an ambitus, or compass of the whole of the fifth and two tones of its plagal, or the sixth mode.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • And there he goes making philological remarks which should positively delight any lovers of Latin: when he recalls without deigning to say anymore that "ambitus doesn't mean ambition, religio, religion, homines honesti, honest men," who among you would not take pleasure in remember ing . . . what those words mean to anyone familiar with Cicero and Lucretius.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Graecanicam saltantes Pyrrhicam, dispositis ordinationibus, decoros ambitus inerrabant, nunc in orbem flexi, nunc in obliquam seriem connexi, nunc in quadrum cuneati, nunc inde separati, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I will acquaint him with my project, or if any worthy man will stand for any temporal or spiritual office or dignity, (for as he said of his archbishopric of Utopia, 'tis sanctus ambitus, and not amiss to be sought after,) it shall be freely given without all intercessions, bribes, letters,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Itaque perigrinus veniens in Ierusalem primo expleat suam peregrinationem, ad reuerendum et sacrosanctum Domini nostri Iesu Christi sepulchrum: cuius Ecclesia est in vltima ciuitatis extremitate, ad partem aquilonarem, cum proprio sui ambitus muro ipsi ciuitati adiuncto.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Vltra transiú ad aliam insulam quæ vocatur Iaua cuius ambitus per mare est trium millium milliarium, et rex illius insulæ habet sub se 7. reges coronatos, et haec insula optimè inhabitatur, et melior secunda de mundo reputatur.

    The Journal of Friar Odoric

  • Et ambitus istarum duarum ciuitatum est plusquàm 40. milliaria.

    The Journal of Friar Odoric


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