AskDefine | Define vicinity

Dictionary Definition

vicinity n : a surrounding or nearby region; "the plane crashed in the vicinity of Asheville"; "it is a rugged locality"; "he always blames someone else in the immediate neighborhood"; "I will drop in on you the next time I am in this neck of the woods" [syn: locality, neighborhood, neighbourhood, neck of the woods]

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  1. proximity, or the state of being near
  2. neighbourhood, or the nearby region
  3. approximate size or amount


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.
vicinity in German: Umgebung
vicinity in Italian: Ambiente (termodinamica)

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