Definition of ambient in English:


Line breaks: am¦bi|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈambɪənt


  • 1Relating 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.
  • 1.1Relating to ambient music.
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    • Forsaking the oeuvres of boy bands, their coverage has so far been saturated with unobtrusively tuneful ambient dance music.
    • Harp arpeggios, ambient sounds, a typewriter and speech establish the mood.
    • For those who aren't familiar with these projects, this collaborative release serves as an excellent introduction to a Danish collective that are doing some really impressive things with ambient guitar work at the moment.
  • 2Relating to or denoting advertising that makes use of sites or objects other than the established media (e.g. by placing slogans on the back of bus tickets).
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    • Print ads complementing the TV and radio ads will run in national media, with ambient advertising at stations and on buses.
    • Point-of-sale advertisements accounted for a quarter of the total ambient media spend.
    • The campaign covers TV, radio, print and ambient media, with the message that the newspaper is worth re-appraising.


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

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