[n] the area in which something exists or lives; "the country--the flat agricultural surround"
[n] the totality of surrounding conditions; "he longed for the comfortable environment of his livingroom"
environs - (3 syllables), surround - (2 syllables), surroundings - (3 syllables)
ambiance, ambience, area, arena, background, circumstance, context, domain, ecology, element, field, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, habitat, home, medium, melting pot, milieu, orbit, parts, scene, scope, setting, setting, situation, sphere, state of affairs, street, surroundings
\En*vi"ron*ment\, n. [Cf. F. environnement.]
1. Act of environing; state of being environed.
2. That which environs or surrounds; surrounding conditions, influences, or forces, by which living forms are influenced and modified in their growth and development. It is no friendly environment, this of thine. --Carlyle.