Definition of Umwelt in English:


nounplural noun Umwelten/-ˌvelt(ə)n/

  • (in ethology) the world as it is experienced by a particular organism.

    ‘the worlds they perceive, their Umwelten, are all different’
    • ‘That is why I was so bowled over by Heidegger's stunning analysis of the Umwelt, the round-about-me everyday world in which ‘I’, in each case, dwell.’
    • ‘As a result, the landscape Muldrow perceives, filtered through his dreams and his Umwelt, is drastically different from that which is visible to most humans.’
    • ‘The archipelago of real times presented to us by the temporal Umwelt does not tend towards the zero of neutralization, of reciprocal dampening, but rather towards explosion and diffusion.’
    • ‘Although Marin has gone back to the starkness and repetitions of Beckett in Umwelt, her other, newer inspiration is the 17 th-century philosopher Spinoza, whose Ethics she read two years ago.’



/ˈo͝omvelt/ /ˈʊmvɛlt/


German, literally ‘environment’.