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Gamut

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Ga'mut. n.s. [gama, Italian.] The scale of musical notes.

Madam, before you touch the instrument,
To learn the order of my fingering,
I must begin with rudiments of art,
To teach you gamut in a briefer sort.
Shakespeare.

When by the gamut some musicians make
A perfect song, others will undertake,
By the same gamut chang'd, to equal it:
Things simply good can never be unfit.
Donne.

Long has a race of heroes fill'd the stage,
That rant by note, and through the gamut rage;
In songs and airs express their martial fire,
Combat in trills, and in a feuge expire.
Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Donne, John (44) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

Attributes: Italian (29) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Gamut." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 29, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8164.


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