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ambient Syllabification: am·bi·ent
Pronunciation: /ˈambēənt/

Definition of ambient in English:


Of or relating to the immediate surroundings of something: the liquid is stored at below ambient temperature
More example sentences
  • Will operation in environments with significantly higher ambient temperatures cause a pump malfunction?
  • One of the primary differences in these two environments is the average ambient temperature, both in the day and night.
  • The hatchlings normally emerge after a period of about 45-55 days depending upon the ambient sand temperature and climatic conditions.


(also ambient music) Back to top  
A style of instrumental music with electronic textures and no persistent beat, used to create or enhance a mood or atmosphere.
Example sentences
  • Unnamed track number two opens upon friendlier environs, its ambient swells of keyboards almost deciding upon a melody or two.
  • The rest of us - content merely with good ambient music overflowing with ideas - should be overjoyed by the entire album.
  • There's a fine line between captivating ambient music and anecdotal videogame soundtracks.


Late 16th century: from French ambiant or Latin ambient- 'going around', from ambire.

  • ambition from Middle English:

    Ambition comes from Latin ambire, literally meaning ‘to go round or go about’ (also the source of late 16th-century ambient), but with the more specific sense of ‘to go round canvassing for votes’. From this developed the idea of eagerly seeking honour or advancement.

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