There are several formal definitions for the word "environment," one of which is the collection of things, conditions or influences of surroundings, or simply the immediate surroundings. Another definition of "environment" is the external factors that surround and affect any living organism.
A third definition for "environment" is the social and cultural influences that impact an individual life or an entire population. A fourth definition of "environment" applies to computers and refers to the software, hardware or operating system of a computer. Additionally, "environment" can refer to an indoor or outside atmosphere that is characterized by a type of art that is created to be specific to the atmosphere.