Etymology
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ambient (adj.)

1590s, "surrounding, encircling," from Latin ambientem (nominative ambiens) "a going around," present participle of ambire "to go around, go about," from amb- "around" (from PIE root *ambhi- "around") + ire "go" (from PIE root *ei- "to go"). The notion of "going all around" led to the sense of "encircling, lying all around."

updated on June 10, 2017

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Definitions of ambient from WordNet

ambient (adj.)
completely enveloping;
ambient sound
the ambient air
the ambient temperature
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