ambient

[ am-bee-uh nt ]
/ ˈæm bi ənt /

adjective

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.

noun

Origin of ambient

1590–1600; (< Middle French) < Latin ambient- (stem of ambiēns, present participle of ambīre “to go around”), equivalent to amb- ambi- + -i- go + -ent- -ent

Related forms

un·am·bi·ent, adjectiveun·am·bi·ent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ambient

ambient

/ (ˈæmbɪənt) /

adjective

of or relating to the immediate surroundingsthe ambient temperature was 15°C
creating a relaxing atmosphereambient music

noun

informal ambient music

Word Origin for ambient

C16: from Latin ambiēns going round, from ambīre, from ambi- + īre to go
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Medicine definitions for ambient

ambient

[ ămbē-ənt ]

adj.

Surrounding; encircling.
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