Definitions for Environmentɛnˈvaɪ rən mənt, -ˈvaɪ ərn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•vi•ron•ment*ɛnˈvaɪ rən mənt, -ˈvaɪ ərn-(n.)

  1. the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu.

  2. the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time.

    Category: Ecology

  3. the social and cultural forces that shape the life of a person or a population.

    Category: Sociology

  4. the hardware or software configuration of a computer system.

    Category: Computers

* Syn: environment , milieu , ambiance , setting refer to the objects, conditions, or circumstances that influence the life of an individual or community. environment may refer to physical or to social and cultural surroundings: an environment of grinding poverty. milieu , encountered most often in literary writing, refers to intangible surroundings: a milieu of artistic innovation. ambiance applies to the mood or tone of the surroundings: an ambiance of ease and elegance. setting tends to highlight the person or thing surrounded by or set against a background: a lovely setting for a wedding.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. environment(noun)

    the totality of surrounding conditions

    "he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room"

  2. environment, environs, surroundings, surround(noun)

    the area in which something exists or lives

    "the country--the flat agricultural surround"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. environmentɛnˈvaɪ rən mənt, -ˈvaɪ ərn-

    the conditions in which sb lives or works

    How does a child's environment affect their emotional health?; to improve the working environment


  1. environment(Noun)

    The surroundings of, and influences on, a particular item of interest.

  2. environment(Noun)

    The natural world or ecosystem.

  3. environment(Noun)

    All the elements over which a designer has no control and that affect a system or its inputs and outputs.

  4. environment(Noun)

    A particular political or social setting, arena or condition.

  5. environment(Noun)

    The software and/or hardware existing on any particular computer system.

    That program uses the Microsoft Windows environment.

  6. environment(Noun)

    The environment of a function at a point during the execution of a program is the set of identifiers in the function's scope and their bindings at that point.

  7. environment(Noun)

    The set of variables and their values in a namespace that an operating system associates with a process.

  8. Origin: As if environ + -ment; compare to environnement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Environment(noun)

    act of environing; state of being environed

  2. Environment(noun)

    that which environs or surrounds; surrounding conditions, influences, or forces, by which living forms are influenced and modified in their growth and development


  1. Environment

    The biophysical environment is the biotic and abiotic surrounding of an organism, or population, and includes particularly the factors that have an influence in their survival, development and evolution. The naked term environment can make reference to different concepts, but it is often used as a short form for the biophysical environment. This practice is common, for instance, among governments, that usually name their departments and agencies dealing with the biophysical environment with denominations like Environment Agency. Whereas the expression "the environment" is often used to refer to the global environment, usually as referred to humanity, the number of biophysical environments is countless, given that it is always possible to consider an additional living organism that has its own environment.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Environment

    a term of extensive use in biological science, especially employed to denote the external conditions which go to determine modifications in the development of organic life to the extent often of producing new species.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Environment

    The external elements and conditions which surround, influence, and affect the life and development of an organism or population.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Environment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #759

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Environment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1065

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Environment' in Nouns Frequency: #285

Translations for Environment

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a set of) surrounding conditions, especially those influencing development or growth

An unhappy home environment may drive a teenager to crime; We should protect the environment from destruction by modern chemicals etc.

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