Environment definition

ĕn-vīrən-mənt, -vīərn-
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Something that surrounds; surroundings.
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The totality of the natural world, often excluding humans.
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The combination of external physical conditions that affect and influence the growth, development, behavior, and survival of organisms.
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(rare) A surrounding or being surrounded.
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A subset of the natural world; an ecosystem.

The coastal environment.

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The complex of social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual person or community.
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All of the biotic and abiotic factors that act on an organism, population, or ecological community and influence its survival and development. Biotic factors include the organisms themselves, their food, and their interactions. Abiotic factors include such items as sunlight, soil, air, water, climate, and pollution. Organisms respond to changes in their environment by evolutionary adaptations in form and behavior.
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To see how humans, animals, ocean currents, water cycles, food chains, etc are all interrelated. For example:
  • When a large amount of the rainforest is destroyed, animals and people are affected, erosion occurs and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is altered.
  • This causes the global temperature to rise, which causes polar ice to melt, which in turn, changes salinity.
  • These changes in salinity will slow or stop the Gulf Stream from bringing warm water to the North Atlantic, which can alter the climate there and globally.

An example of an environment is a rain forest or a school.

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(computing) The software and/or hardware existing on any particular computer system.

That program uses the Microsoft Windows environment.

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(computing) The set of variables and their values in a namespace that an operating system associates with a process.
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Environment is defined as the conditions and circumstances that surround someone.
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So we can see these interrelationships between ecosystems and maybe stop the damage or repair it.
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The general set of conditions or circumstances.

A terrible environment for doing business.

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A subset of the natural world; an ecosystem.

The coastal environment.

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The combination of external physical conditions that affect and influence the growth, development, behavior, and survival of organisms.
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The complex of social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual person or community.
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The entire set of conditions under which one operates a computer, as it relates to the hardware, operating platform, or operating system.
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An area of a computer's memory used by the operating system and some programs to store certain variables to which they need frequent access.
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All the conditions, circumstances, and influences surrounding, and affecting the development of, an organism or group of organisms.
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All of the conditions, circumstances, etc. that surround and influence life on earth, including atmospheric conditions, food chains, and the water cycle.
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The surroundings of, and influences on, a particular item of interest.
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The natural world or ecosystem.
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All the elements over which a designer has no control and that affect a system or its inputs and outputs.
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A particular political or social setting, arena or condition.
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(programming) The environment of a function at a point during the execution of a program is the set of identifiers in the function's scope and their bindings at that point.
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The totality of the natural world, often excluding humans.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
environment
Plural:
environments

Origin of environment

  • As if environ + -ment; compare to French environnement.

    From Wiktionary