Definition of ambient in English:


Syllabification: am·bi·ent
Pronunciation: /ˈambēənt


  • Of or relating to the immediate surroundings of something: the liquid is stored at below ambient temperature
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    • 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.


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  • A style of instrumental music with electronic textures and no persistent beat, used to create or enhance a mood or atmosphere.
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    • 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.

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