surrounding

[suh-roun-ding]
noun
1.
something that surrounds.
2.
surroundings, environing things, circumstances, conditions, etc.; environment: He was too sick to be aware of his surroundings.
3.
the act of encircling or enclosing.
adjective
4.
enclosing or encircling.
5.
being the environment or adjacent area.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English: inundation; see surround, -ing1, -ing2


2. See environment.
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surroundings (səˈraʊndɪŋz)
 
pl n
the conditions, scenery, etc, around a person, place, or thing; environment

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surround
1423, "to flood, overflow," from M.Fr. soronder "to overflow, abound, surpass, dominate," from L.L. superundare "overflow," from L. super "over" (see super-) + undare "to flow in waves," from unda "wave" (see water; and cf.
abound). Sense of "to shut in on all sides" first recorded 1616, influenced by figurative meaning in Fr. of "dominate," and by sound association with round. First record of surroundings in sense of "environment" is from 1861.
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Example sentences
The plan was to have each lodge seem embedded in the environment-to be part of
  the surroundings rather than a disruption.
The natural surroundings make it a great stop for visitors looking to relax and
  enjoy the physical environment.
The counter was designed to blend in with its surroundings.
The sod roof blends in with the hilltop surroundings.
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