1. of the surrounding area or environment: The tape recorder picked up too many ambient noises. The temperature in the display case was 20° lower than the ambient temperature.
  2. completely surrounding; encompassing: the ambient air.
  3. creating a certain reaction or mood, often a subconscious one, by being wherever people tend to be: ambient advertising on a shopping cart.
  4. pertaining to or noting sounds that create a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
  5. pertaining to or noting close and constant social contact and communication fostered by the Internet or the use of digital devices: social media sites that enable ambient intimacy and awareness.


  1. ambient music(def 1).


  1. of or relating to the immediate surroundingsthe ambient temperature was 15°C
  2. creating a relaxing atmosphereambient music


  1. informal ambient music

1590s, “surrounding, encircling,” from Latin ambientem (nominative ambiens) “going round,” present participle of ambire “to go around,” from amb- “around” (see ambi-) + ire “go” (see ion). The ground sense of “revolving” led to “encircling, lying all around.”


  1. Surrounding; encircling.

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