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Usage statistics for the noun environment:

imaginative writing5.47%informational writing94.53%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun environment:


The word environment and its family (environmental, environmentalist, environmentalists, environmentally, environments) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun environment

What does environment mean as a name of something?

Environment is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: environments

  1. the totality of surrounding conditions
    • example: he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: situation / state of affairs = the general state of things
    • more specific words:
      • circumstance / context / setting = the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
      • ecology = the environment as it relates to living organisms
      • background / setting / scope = the state of the environment in which a situation exists
      • home = an environment offering affection and security
      • surroundings / milieu = the environmental condition
      • domain / sphere / arena / field / orbit / area = a particular environment or walk of life
      • street = the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction
  2. the area in which something exists or lives

Alternative definition of the noun environment


  1. The surroundings of, and influences on, a particular item of interest.
  2. The natural world or ecosystem.
  3. All the elements over which a designer has no control and that affect a system or its inputs and outputs.
  4. A particular political or social setting, arena or condition.
  5. [computing] The software and/or hardware existing on any particular computer system.
  6. [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.
  7. [computing] The set of variables and their values in a namespace that an operating system associates with a process.

Specialised definition of the noun environment

Glossary of management / IT service management / service support

a collection of hardware, software, network communications and procedures that work together to provide a discrete type of computer service

  • note: There may be one or more environments on a physical platform e.g. test, production. An environment has unique features and characteristics that dictate how they are administered in similar, yet diverse, manners.


  1. "Environment" is a 1917 silent film directed by James Kirkwood.
  2. "Environment" is a 1927 Australian silent film about a woman who poses for a revealing painting. It was one of two films produced by Vaughan C. Marshall, the other one being Caught in the Net.
    • country: Australia
    • languages: English Language, Silent film
    • cinematography by Tasman Higgins
    • genre: Silent film
    • released in (88 years ago)


  1. "Environment" is a musical single of Conectivers.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Environment" is a musical album of Nemessis.


  1. Environment a.k.a. Climate is a measure of the average pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, atmospheric particle count and other meteorological variables in a given region over long periods of time. Climate is different from weather, in that weather only describes the short-term conditions of these variables in a given region.
  2. Environment: The 'biotic environment is the biotic and abiotic surrounding of an organism or population, and consequently includes the factors that have an influence in their survival, development and evolution. The term environment can refer to different concepts, but is often used as a short form for the biophysical environment. This practice is common, for instance, among governments which entitle agencies dealing with the biophysical environment with denominations such as Environment Agency. Whereas the expression "the environment" is often used to refer to the global environment, usually in relation to humanity, the number of biophysical environments is countless, given that it is always possible to consider an additional living organism that has its own environment.
    • also known as Biofyzikální prostředí, Biofizička okolina, Sredina, Okruženje, Biološka sredina, Βιοφυσικό Περιβάλλον, סביבה, Biofizičko okruženje, Биофизичко окружење, Životna sredina, Животна средина, Mediu, Medio ambiente, Ambiente biofísico, Medio biofísico, 生态环境
  3. Environment: In science and engineering, a system is the part of the universe that is being studied, while the environment is the remainder of the universe that lies outside the boundaries of the system. It is also known as the surroundings, and in thermodynamics, as the reservoir. Depending on the type of system, it may interact with the environment by exchanging mass, energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, electric charge, or other conserved properties. In some disciplines, such as information theory, information may also be exchanged. The environment is ignored in analysis of the system, except in regard to these interactions.
    • also known as Entorno, Medio ambiente
  4. Environment: Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, commonly referred to as Environment magazine, is published bi-monthly in Philadelphia by Taylor & Francis. Environment is a hybrid, peer-reviewed, popular environmental science publication and website, aimed at a broad, "smart, but uninitiated" population. Its Executive Editors are Susan L. Cutter, Anthony A. Leiserowitz, Alan H. McGowan, and Tim O'Riordan.
  5. Environment is a radio subject.
  6. The environment where the application is intended to run.

Phrases with Environment

  1. Environment Division
  2. Built environment
  3. Space environment
  4. Desktop environment
  5. Web-Based Operating Environment

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Environment

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Google previewExploring Translation and Multilingual Text Production (2001)

Beyond Content by Erich Steiner, Colin Yallop

The diagram says that the most global manifestation of cline between 'wider environment' and 'narrower environment' is the hierarchy of stratification: the widest stratal environment is that of context and within that there is a hierarchy of ...

Google previewAdvances in Active Immunotherapy Research and Application: 2011 Edition (2012)


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: The immunosuppressive tumor environment is the major impediment to successful therapeutic vaccination in Neu transgenic mice Data detailed in 'The immunosuppressive tumor environment is the ...

Google previewSustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (2004)

by N.H. Afgan, R. Della Morte

In fact the industry's management has more social responsibilities, once environment is a public good. For improving the environmental sustainability, theindustry's management haveto consider theaccount of environmental facts, which is ...

Google previewA Systems View of Education (1992)

Concepts and Principles for Effective Practice by Bela H. Banathy

The ENVIRONMENT is the context within which a HAS exists.

Google previewMassively Multi-Agent Systems I (2005)

First International Workshop, MMAS 2004, Kyoto, Japan, December 10-11, 2004, Revised Selected and Invited Papers by Toru Ishida, Les Gasser, Hideyuki Nakashima

The Intelligent Agent Grid Environment is a scalable, live, sustainable and intelligent networking environment where...

The Environment is the unity of the natural material world, virtual world and cognitive world. Various...

The Intelligent Agent Grid Environment is an ideal interconnection environment that involves in the objective natural world, the virtual electronic world and the subjective cognitive world.

Google previewEntrepreneurship in Micro-enterprises (1996)

A Strategic Analysis of Manufacturing Industries in Kenya : Textiles, Woodwork, and Metalwork by Kenneth R. Gray

The term environment refers to institutions or forces that are outside the enterprise and potentially affect the firm's...

Google previewEnvironmental Science (2006)

by Y.K. Singh

Environment Explained Literary environment means the surrounding external conditions influencing development or growth of people, animal or plants;

Hence, environment refers to the sum total of condition, which surround point in space and time.

environment is the representative of physical components of the earth.

Google previewEpidemiology for Public Health Practice (2009)

by Robert H. Friis, Thomas A. Sellers

The environment refers to the domain in which the disease- causing agent may exist, survive, or originate. The external environment is the sum total of influences that are not part of the host and comprises physical, ...

Google previewSandstone Depositional Models for Exploration for Fossil Fuels (2012)

by G. Devries Klein

Only suspension depositional processes occur under these conditions, and therefore the high tidal flat environment is a suspension-dominated environment. (Figure 4.1). Mid tidal flat. The mid flat environment consists of coarser sediment of ...

Google previewThe Environment Dictionary (2002)

by David Kemp

The Nature of the Environment. PALYNOLOGY 302 era. Most current palynological studies, however, are ...

Google previewEnvironment : Global Warming(encyclopaedia Of Environment), Vol# 3 (2005)

by Ed. K.R. Gupta

The yield ceiling must be raised and the yield gap narrowed while maintaining sustainable production and a friendly environment. Development of new varieties with higher yield potential and stability is complementary to bridging the yield gap ...

Google previewEnvironment : Problems And Policies(encyclopaedia Of Environment), Vol# 2 (2005)

by Ed. K.R. Gupta

Environment. K.R. GUPTA ♢ Introduction The Earth is the only known planet in our solar system that supports life by virtue of its unique environmental conditions : water, an oxygen-rich atmosphere, and a suitable surface temperature.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment (2011)

History, Policy, and Politics by Matthew J. Lindstrom

Environment. before. 1960. Attitudes are born in history. The environmental history developed in the United States before 1960 reveals hundreds of years of laws and policy decisions created for economic prosperity and that discounted the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Climate Change and the Environment (2012)

Economics, Science and Policy by R. Quentin Grafton, Harry W. Nelson, N. Ross Lambie, Paul R. Wyrwoll

Environment: A. Primer. Linwood. Pendleton. Much of what we know as environmental economics can best be thought of as applied economics. The positive side of environmental economics uses micro and macroeconomic theory to learn ...

Google previewDictionary of Environment and Development (1993)

People, Places, Ideas, and Organizations by Andy Crump

A collective Plan incorporating recommendations drawn up by the World Bank's, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNESCO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO )O, and the ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of Geography (2003)

The Environment and Humankind by Prof Ian Douglas, Richard John Hugget, Mike Robinson

The Environment and Humankind Prof Ian Douglas, Richard John Hugget, Mike Robinson...

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Quotes about Environment

It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment because you have an environment around you all the time. Any living organism has an environment. (Carl Andre)
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Scrabble value of E1N1V4I1R1O1N1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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