- of the surrounding area or environment: The tape recorder picked up too many ambient noises. The temperature in the display case was 20° lower than the ambient temperature.
- completely surrounding; encompassing: the ambient air.
- creating a certain reaction or mood, often a subconscious one, by being wherever people tend to be: ambient advertising on a shopping cart.
- pertaining to or noting sounds that create a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
- pertaining to or noting close and constant social contact and communication fostered by the Internet or the use of digital devices: social media sites that enable ambient intimacy and awareness.
Origin of ambient
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Examples from the Web for ambient
Lights will be ambient, allowing for the artwork to be spotlighted drawing specific attention to each unique piece.They’re Done With YouTube. Now Cats Storm the Art-World
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Her 2013 release Lua Ya offers a beguiling type of Korean ambient vocal music, unlike anything else I heard during the year.The Strangest and Most Surprising Recordings of 2013
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“I love Kanye—I met him at a fashion show,” Testino could be heard cooing before the ambient party-noise washed over them.The Kardashian Hegemony: Mario and Kim Take Hollywood
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The office is gloriously quiet, and always nice and cool, given the ambient Seattle climate and the orientation toward the north.How I Write: Erik Larson Revisits ‘Isaac’s Storm’
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Then, like an ambient fungus, it slithered off into the jungle undergrowth.Survival Tactics
Thus it probably was at the ambient temperature of the launch site.Pushbutton War
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Ambient cried, bounding with his great strides across the lawn.The Author Of Beltraffio
He advises you therefore to name the ambient sea for the boundary of your hospital.The Tatler, Volume 3
An unutterably pure and lofty joy filled my soul, and I felt, as if we were out of the body floating on ambient clouds.Homo Sum, Complete
- of or relating to the immediate surroundingsthe ambient temperature was 15°C
- creating a relaxing atmosphereambient music
- informal ambient music
C16: from Latin ambiēns going round, from ambīre, from ambi- + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for ambient
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Surrounding; encircling.
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