adjective \ˈam-bē-ənt\

: surrounding on all sides

of electronic music : quiet and relaxing with melodies that repeat many times

Full Definition of AMBIENT

:  existing or present on all sides :  encompassing

Examples of AMBIENT

  1. Keep the chemicals at an ambient temperature of 70°F.
  2. the bright ambient light of the room
  3. People shopped as ambient music played in the background.

Origin of AMBIENT

Latin ambient-, ambiens, present participle of ambire to go around, from ambi- + ire to go — more at issue
First Known Use: 1596

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Definition of AMBIENT

:  an encompassing atmosphere :  environment
:  music intended to serve as an unobtrusive accompaniment to other activities (as in a public place) and characterized especially by quiet and repetitive instrumental melodies

Examples of AMBIENT

  1. <observing how the survival techniques of primates vary with the ambient>

First Known Use of AMBIENT


Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


adjective \ˈam-bē-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AMBIENT

: surrounding on all sides <the ambient environment> <ambient air pollution>


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