environs


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en·vi·rons

 (ĕn-vī′rənz, -vī′ərnz)
pl.n.
1. A surrounding area, especially of a city.
2. Surroundings; environment.

[French, from Old French, pl. of environ, circuit, from environ, round about; see environ.]

environs

(ɪnˈvaɪrənz)
pl n
a surrounding area or region, esp the suburbs or outskirts of a town or city; vicinity

en•vi•rons

(ɛnˈvaɪ rənz, -ˈvaɪ ərnz)

n.pl.
1. the surrounding parts or districts, as of a city; outskirts; suburbs.
2. surroundings; environment.
3. the nearby area or space; vicinity.
[1655–65; < French (pl.); replacing Middle English environ < Old French, n. use of environ around; see environ]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.environs - the area in which something exists or livesenvirons - the area in which something exists or lives; "the country--the flat agricultural surround"
ambiance, ambience - the atmosphere of an environment
medium - the surrounding environment; "fish require an aqueous medium"
setting, scene - the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
element - the most favorable environment for a plant or animal; "water is the element of fishes"
habitat, home ground - the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs; "a marine habitat"; "he felt safe on his home grounds"
melting pot - an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
parts - the local environment; "he hasn't been seen around these parts in years"
2.environs - an outer adjacent area of any place

environs

plural noun surrounding area, surroundings, district, suburbs, neighbourhood, outskirts, precincts, vicinity, locality, purlieus From the hill we had a fine view of the village and its environs.

environs

noun
1. A surrounding area:
2. The periphery of a city or town:
edge, fringe, outskirt (often used in plural), skirt (used in plural), suburb (used in plural).
Translations

environs

[ɪnˈvaɪərənz] Nalrededores mpl, inmediaciones fpl

environs

plUmgebung f; Rome and its environsRom und Umgebung

environs

[ɪnˈvaɪrənz] npldintorni mpl
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When last seen, the environs of the works were filled with violence and uproar.
This excited her curiosity to the point of urging her horse forward until the trail broadened into the level forest again, which she now remembered was a part of the environs of Indian Spring.
The want of proper families in the place, and the conviction that none beyond the place and its immediate environs could be tempted to attend, were mentioned; but he was not satisfied.
We parted finally at the door of the Brocklehurst Arms there: each went her separate way; she set off for the brow of Lowood Fell to meet the conveyance which was to take her back to Gateshead, I mounted the vehicle which was to bear me to new duties and a new life in the unknown environs of Millcote.
In addition to this motive of union, after the arms of the republic had considerably expanded the bounds of its empire, it became an established custom with the Consuls to divide the administration between themselves by lot -- one of them remaining at Rome to govern the city and its environs, the other taking the command in the more distant provinces.
For some time he had camped near the village, spending the days in a systematic search of the environs for traces of Meriem's Korak; but in this quest, too, had he failed.
Besides, it came into the young man's mind that by remaining in the environs of the spot on which this sad event had passed, he would, perhaps, have some light thrown upon the mysterious affair.
And you say that Signor Vampa exercises his profession at this moment in the environs of Rome?
Gardiner was surprised and concerned; but as they were now approaching the scene of her former pleasures, every idea gave way to the charm of recollection; and she was too much engaged in pointing out to her husband all the interesting spots in its environs to think of anything else.
The Comte de la Fere inhabits the Castle of Bragelonne, in the environs of that city.
The next morning saw them off again at an early hour; and with no events, and no delays, they regularly advanced, and were in the environs of Portsmouth while there was yet daylight for Fanny to look around her, and wonder at the new buildings.
Monk was perfectly well acquainted with this position, Newcastle and its environs having already more than once been his headquarters.

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