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ambient

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adjective am·bi·ent \ˈam-bē-ənt\

Simple Definition of ambient

  • : surrounding on all sides

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

Full Definition of ambient

  1. :  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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ambient

noun am·bi·ent

Definition of ambient

  1. 1 :  an encompassing atmosphere :  environment

  2. 2 :  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>



1624

First Known Use of ambient

1624


Medical Dictionary

ambient

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adjective am·bi·ent \ˈam-bē-ənt\

Medical Definition of ambient

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





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