AskDefine | Define surroundings

Dictionary Definition



1 the environmental condition [syn: milieu]
2 the area in which something exists or lives; "the country--the flat agricultural surround" [syn: environment, environs, surround]

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  1. Plural of surrounding
  2. the area surrounding someone or something, together with the objects and circumstances in the vicinity; the environment or ambiance
  3. All parts of the universe that are not within the thermodynamic system of interest.


area surrounding someone or something
parts not within the system
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Extensive Definition

Surroundings are the area around a given physical or geographical point or place. The exact definition depends on the field. Surroundings can also be used in geography (when it is more precisely known as vicinity, or vicinage) and mathematics, as well as philosophy, with the literal or metaphorically extended definition.
However, in thermodynamics, the term as a slightly more exact use: surroundings are seen as a medium for the exchange of materials or energy, and can be considered as an open system.
surroundings in German: Umgebung
surroundings in Italian: Ambiente (termodinamica)

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