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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ambitus (Rom. Antiq) A canvassing for votes.
    • Ambitus The exterior edge or border of a thing, as the border of a leaf, or the outline of a bivalve shell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ambitus 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 ambitus In architecture, an open space surrounding a building or a monument.
    • n ambitus 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 ambitus In ancient Rome, the act of canvassing for public office or honors. See ambition, 1.—5. In logic, the extension of a term.
    • n ambitus In Gregorian music. the range or compass of a melody.
    • n ambitus In the flat seaurchins or echinoids, the peripheral or equatorial area of the test which is not transsected by the ambulacra.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Ambit Ambition