The environment is the circumstances, objects or conditions surrounding a person. The environment can influence a person or affect a person’s growth, so choosing an appropriate environment is essential. For instance, the example of 孟母三迁. 孟子 was affected by the environment he lived in; when he stayed near a market, he begun to talk like a businessman and had many ideas of making money. When he moved near a cemetery, he began to imitate the cries of the family members of the lost loved one. Finally, when he moved near a school, he started to like studying. From this example, we can see how the environment can greatly affect a person’s life.
Another definition is specifically related to design and technology, such as architecture, landscaping, interior setting/design which deals with manipulation and function of space.
- influences, stresses (http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/environment.html)
- the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environment