ambitus


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ambitus

[′am·bə·təs]
(biology)
The periphery or external edge, as of a mollusk shell or leaf.

ambitus

1. A small niche in underground Roman or Greek tombs, forming a receptacle for a cinerary urn.
2. In the Middle Ages, such a niche, but enlarged to admit a coffin.
3. In the Middle Ages, the consecrated ground surrounding a church.
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The diameter (in millimeters) was measured across two perpendicular points along the ambitus using calipers.
Wistreich notes that the two-octave ambitus of the one found the second edition of Vincenzo Galilei's Fronimo of 1584 bears witness to the ever-wider ranges cultivated by Brancaccio and his colleagues.
Furthermore, his narrow acquittal--a tied vote--on a charge of ambitus in 116 before a jury composed of equites would have been much more decisive had he possessed exceptional influence over them.
In the current article, the term tropos will be used to refer to any scale that is defined by a characteristic intervallic configuration; whereas, the term mode will be used to refer to any of the eight members of the Byzantine modal system, known as Octaechos, that is defined by its ambitus and final.
Its set of points is not to be used for combinatory purposes, but only to determine a particular position inside the ambitus of a physical component (Example 2).
However, when between Si je trepasse (G2 etc.) and Laissons mon coeur (C1 etc.) the bass ambitus is respectively G-d' and F-b[b flat] we can be forgiven for reading something into the choice of clefs.
Since De consiliis suis, which was designed to reveal all, did not reveal the identity of the notorious nobleman, it is prima facie conceivable that he did not exist and that the meeting itself was a figment designed ad hoc in 64 to substantiate an envisaged charge of ambitus against Catiline and Antonius and their backers, and later discreetly forgotten when it was decided not to proceed with such a charge.