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Definition and background:

A Medieval term that refers to the range of pitches used in a melodic line or voice of a composition. A ambitus is considered narrow if it is a sixth or less, normal if it is about an octave, and wide if it is an eleventh or more. The pitch range of a mode or plainchant. The pitch range of any musical instrument. Also [Fr.] ambitus; [Ger.] ambitus; [It.] ambitus; [Sp.] ambitus the range of pitches used in a piece or a melodic line; narrow ambitus is typically a sixth or less, normal ambitus an octave or so, and wide ambitus would be an eleventh or more. the range of melodies of Gregorian chant

For more information on the music term "Ambitus" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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