a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, meaning “both” (ambiguous) and “around” (ambient); used in the formation of compound words:
indicating both: ambidextrous, ambivalence, ambiversion
word-forming element meaning “both, on both sides,” from Latin ambi- “around, round about,” from PIE *ambhi “around” (cf. Greek amphi “round about,” Sanskrit abhitah “on both sides,” Avestan aibi, Old English ymbe, German um, Gaulish ambi-, Old Irish imb- “round about, about,” Old Church Slavonic oba, Lithuanian abu “both”). The PIE root probably is an ablative plural of *ant-bhi “from both sides,” from *ant- “front, forehead” (see ante).
ambi- or ambo-
adjective (chem) another word for amphidentate
the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc., particularly of an environment or milieu: The restaurant had a delightful ambiance. that which surrounds or encompasses; environment. Contemporary Examples Summerville captures this ambiance with a mix of ready-to-wear couture pieces and original creations. The ‘Catching Fire’ Costume Designer Talks the Dark Turn in ‘Hunger Games’ Fashion Amy […]
Archaic. . Obsolete. an person. Historical Examples The comic scenes have a link of connection with the tragic ones in ambidexter, the vice and accomplice of the villanous tyrant. Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
ease, skill, or facility. unusual cleverness. duplicity; deceitfulness. Historical Examples This is very desirable in many games and should be done aside from any theories as to the value of ambidexterity. Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium Jessie H. Bancroft Talk about ambidexterity—Martin didn’t know what it would be like to use one […]