ambit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Middle English ambyte, borrowed from Latin ambitus (circuit; circumference, perimeter; area within a perimeter; ground around a building; cycle, orbit, revolution) (compare Late Latin ambitus (neighbourhood; wall of a castle, monastery, or town; cloister; parish boundary)), from ambīre + -tus (suffix forming action nouns from verbs).[1] Ambīre is the present active infinitive of ambiō (to go around, to skirt; to encircle, surround), from ambi- (prefix meaning ‘both, on both sides’) (possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ent- (front; face; forehead)) + (to go, move) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey- (to go)). The English word is a doublet of ambitus.

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Noun[edit]

ambit (plural ambits)

  1. (obsolete) Chiefly in the plural form ambits: the open space surrounding a building, town, etc.; the grounds or precincts of a place.
    Synonym: (of a house) curtilage
  2. (archaic) The boundary around a building, town, region, etc.
  3. (archaic, rare) The circumference of something circular; also, an arc; a circuit, an orbit.
  4. (by extension)
    1. The extent of actions, thoughts, or the meaning of words, etc.
    2. The area or sphere of control and influence of something.
      • 1913, Gilbert Parker, “‘The Alpine Fellow’”, in The Judgment House [], uniform edition, Toronto, Ont.: The Copp, Clark Co., OCLC 719770515, book IV, pages 412–413:
        He had invited Destiny to sweep him up in her reaping, by placing himself in the ambit of her scythe; but the sharp reaping-hook had passed him by.

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  1. ^ ambit, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2020; “ambit, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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Latin[edit]

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ambit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of ambiō

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ambitus.

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Noun[edit]

ambit m inan

  1. (architecture) ambulatory
    Synonym: obejście

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Further reading[edit]

  • ambit in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • ambit in Polish dictionaries at PWN