Meaning of ENVIRONMENT in English


Pronunciation: in- ' v ī -r ə (n)-m ə nt, - ' v ī (- ə )r(n)-

Function: noun

Date: 1827

1 : the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded

2 a : the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival b : the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community

3 : the position or characteristic position of a linguistic element in a sequence

4 : a computer interface from which various tasks can be performed <a programming environment >

synonyms see BACKGROUND

– en · vi · ron · men · tal \ - ˌ v ī -r ə (n)- ' men-t ə l, - ˌ v ī (- ə )r(n)- \ adjective

– en · vi · ron · men · tal · ly \ -t ə l- ē \ adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.