Meaning of ENVIRONMENT in English

ENVIRONMENT

I. -īrənmənt, -ī(ə)rnmə-, rapid -īrəmə- noun

( -s )

1. : something that environs : surroundings

relaxed … in a cosy environment of apple-green furniture and art linoleum — Punch

sat at the mahogany table surrounded by the environments of his wealth — E.S.Gardner

2. : the surrounding conditions, influences, or forces that influence or modify: as

a. : the whole complex of climatic, edaphic, and biotic factors that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival — compare habitat

b. : the aggregate of social and cultural conditions (as customs, laws, language, religion, and economic and political organization) that influence the life of an individual or community

II. noun

1. : the position or characteristic position of a linguistic element in a sequence

2. : an instance of environmental art or theater

3. : a computer interface from which various tasks can be performed

a programming environment

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.