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.
completely surrounding; encompassing: the ambient air.
creating a certain reaction or mood, often a subconscious one, by being wherever people tend to be: ambient advertising on a shopping cart.
pertaining to or noting sounds that create a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
pertaining to or noting close and constant social contact and communication fostered by the Internet or the use of digital devices: social-networking sites that enable ambient intimacy and awareness.
ambient music ( def 1 ).

1590–1600; (< Middle French) < Latin ambient- (stem of ambiēns, present participle of ambīre to go around), equivalent to amb- ambi- + -i- go + -ent- -ent

unambient, adjective
unambiently, adverb Unabridged
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ambient (ˈæmbɪənt)
1.  of or relating to the immediate surroundings: the ambient temperature was 15°C
2.  creating a relaxing atmosphere: ambient music
3.  informal ambient music
[C16: from Latin ambiēns going round, from ambīre, from ambi- + īre to go]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "surrounding, encircling," from L. ambientem (nom. ambiens) "going round," prp. of ambire "to go around," from amb- "around" (see ambi-) + ire "go." The ground sense of "revolving" led to "encircling, lying all around."
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ambient am·bi·ent (ām'bē-ənt)
Surrounding; encircling.

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Example sentences
These focus ambient light on to the viewing area to brighten the screen.
The ambient light is natural daylight, and so the cases can be lit on very low
These pointed spires, that wound the ambient sky.
Even the accompanying music and ambient sounds make you feel as if you are in
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