• WordNet 3.6
    • v environ extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle "The forest surrounds my property"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An acre of trees can remove about 13 tons of dust and gases every year from the surrounding environment
    • adv Environ About; around. "Lord Godfrey's eye three times environ goes."
    • v. t Environ To surround; to encompass; to encircle; to hem in; to be round about; to involve or envelop. "Dwelling in a pleasant glade,
      With mountains round about environed ."
      "Environed he was with many foes.""Environ me with darkness whilst I write."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The chameleon has several cell layers beneath its transparent skin. These layers are the source of the chameleon's color change. Some of the layers contain pigments, while others just reflect light to create new colors. Several factors contribute to the color change. A popular misconception is that chameleons change color to match their environment. This isn't true. Light, temperature, and emotional state commonly bring about a chameleon's change in color. The chameleon will most often change between green, brown and gray, which coincidently, often matches the background colors of their habitat.
    • environ About; around.
    • environ To surround; encompass; encircle; hem in.
    • environ To go about; pass around; traverse the circuit of.
    • environ Figuratively, to hedge about; involve; envelop: as, the undertaking was environed with difficulties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sloth moves so slowly that it's fur offers a comfortable environment for algae to grow.
    • v.t Environ en-vī′run to surround: to encircle: to invest
    • pr.p Environ envī′roning; pa.p. envī′roned
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  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.”
  • Margaret Mead
    “We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.”
  • Earl Nightingale
    “Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.”
  • Charles Panati
    Charles Panati
    “We are the environment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. environner, fr. environ, about, thereabout; pref. en-,L. in,) + OF. viron, circle, circuit, fr. OF. & F. virer, to turn, LL. virare, to turn up and down, topsy-turvy. Cf. Veer


In literature:

Nor did this matter a great deal, so long as the environment remained intact.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
The material environment is no longer the common possession of the group.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
My business is with that environment.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
The equipment or environment of the family.
"Rural Problems of Today" by Ernest R. Groves
I shall use the term "original nature" for the former and "environment" for the latter.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He could not help contrasting the difference between his environments here and those in Orangeville.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
The influence of environment, of education, or of imitation, we will suppose to be excluded.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
Furthermore, terrorist groups have become increasingly self-sufficient by exploiting the global environment to support their operations.
"National Strategy for Combating Terrorism" by United States
Marette, as if to give him time to acquaint himself with his environment, was taking off her raincoat.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
They come into a new freedom exercised in a new environment.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper

In poetry:

WHAT tho' the world does me ill turns
And cares my life environ;
I’d sooner laugh with Bobbie Burns
Than sneer with titl'd Byron.
"Laughing and Sneering" by Henry Lawson
We know not what strange environment
May dwarf our most cherished plan,
Or what obstructions may be sent
To defeat our ends and aim.
"The Requirements Of The Hour" by Jared Barhite
For death each houre environs and surrounds:
He that would know
And care for future chances, cannot go
Unto those grounds,
But thro' a Church-yard which them bounds.
"The Discharge" by George Herbert
Night and vast caverns of rock and of iron;
Voices like water, and voices like wind;
Horror and tempests of hail that environ
Shapes and the shadows of two who have sinned.
"Tristram And Isolt" by Madison Julius Cawein
AND THE INHABITANTS OF ITS ENVIRONS. PROUD of her ancient Race, Britannia shows
Where, in her Wales, another Eden glows,
And all her Sons, to Truth, and Honor dear,
Prove they deserve the Paradise they share.
"Verses On Wrexham," by Anna Seward
The one oppressed with contrition's tear,
Familiar with grief and sin,
The other with naught but the angel's face
Who ushered the human in;
The one a wrestler with Fate's decrees,
The other environed with saintly ease;--
"The First Look" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

ENVIRONMENT Long buried in debris, vital wetland near Candlestick Point to welcome back birds.
Intelsat to support broader geographic reach for Harris CapRock 's leading broadband services for remote and harsh environments.
Politics / environment New report: Seas rising fastest from Cape Hatteras northward.
W e big-city sophisticates tend to associate sin—the fun kind, like rampant sexing and boozing—with environs like our own: Paris's Pigalle.
In the politics of science – especially involving the environment and its connection to the economy – nothing is as simple as it seems.
I also think it will be good for the environment.
Cultivating a productive investment environment will require partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
UK processing plant Sonoco Alcore has signed an agreement with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE) in order to institute a beverage carton recycling facility near Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Corporate and office environments are changing quickly.
Customer- centricity in a multi-channel environment and using data and analytics to know your customer better were among the major topics discussed during the first day of Bank Systems & Technology's seventh annual Executive Summit.
Business Warming Up To Environment.
The suite is an Adobe Illustrator-based workflow system and 3D visualization environment for labelling and packaging print service providers.
Republican Rep Steve Chabot survived a serious Democratic challenge in the tough political environment of 2006, but it appears he will not get a break from tough competition in the next round.
He is a member of Catalyst's Audit committee and chairs the Environment, Health and Safety committee.
Five members of the House Environment Subcommittee voted against the bill while only three supported it.

In science:

As we started from the assumption that W is the environment with which S is interacting, it is ridiculous to talk of a measurement on the environment.
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
Hence, while there is tentative evidence for deviations in the IMF for some environments, the near uniformity over an extremely wide range of environment is quite remarkable.
The Formation of Star Clusters
The communication model by signals and slots is already extensively used in Graphical User Interface libraries, such as Qt, the GUI layer for the KDE environment (www.kde.org), awt and Beans in Java, or Gtk, the layer for the Gnome environment (www.gnome.org).
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
Several models fit the present formalism; by making appropriate identifications of random variables, the random walk in random environment on N or the problem of random strings in a random environment can be rephrased in the present language.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
The ASF+SDF Meta-Environment: a component-based language development environment.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies