1The action of seeking to obtain an office or position through underhand means; especially the use of bribery to gain electoral support. Compare "ambition". Now historical, especially with reference to Roman Law.
Especially with reference to plainsong: the range of notes or tones in a mode, scale, or melody. Also: the range of notes that can be produced by a voice or instrument.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Alley (d. 1570), bishop of Exeter.