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ambit

[am-bit] /ˈæm bɪt/
noun
1.
circumference; circuit.
2.
boundary; limit.
3.
a sphere of operation or influence; range; scope:
the ambit of such an action.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ambitus a going around, equivalent to amb- ambi- + itus a going (i- (stem of īre to go) + -tus suffix of v. action)
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British Dictionary definitions for ambit

ambit

/ˈæmbɪt/
noun
1.
scope or extent
2.
limits, boundary, or circumference
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ambitus a going round, from ambīre to go round, from ambi- + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for ambit
n.

late 14c., "space surrounding a building or town; precinct;" 1590s, "a circuit," from Latin ambitus "a going round," past participle of ambire "to go round, to go about" (see ambient).

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language
Algebraic Manipulation by Identity Translation (also claimed: "Acronym May Be Ignored Totally").
An early pattern-matching language, developed by C. Christensen of Massachusetts Computer Assocs in 1964, aimed at algebraic manipulation.
[Sammet 1969, pp. 454-457].
(1994-12-08)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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