ecosystem meaning

  • An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.
  • Energy, water, nitrogen and soil minerals are other essential abiotic components of an ecosystem. The energy that flows through ecosystems is obtained primarily from the sun.
  • Ecosystems are controlled both by external and internal factors.
  • Biodiversity affects ecosystem function, as do the processes of disturbance and succession.

    Definition of ecosystem in English Dictionary

  • NounPLecosystemsPREéco-
    1. A system formed by an ecological community and its environment that functions as a unit.
      1. Phoenix and Lubbock are both caught in severe drought, and it is going to get much worse. We may see many such [dust] storms in the decades ahead, along with species extinctions, radical disturbance of ecosystems, and intensified social conflict over land and water. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the epoch when humans have become a major geological and climatic force.
    2. The interconnectedness of organisms (plants, animals, microbes) with each other and their environment.
      1. (business, marketing) A set of interconnected products and services.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • Operating a low-cost, high-pollution manufacturing process externalizes costs in the form of adverse human health consequences and ecosystem effects.
          • We set out to study these ecosystems at methane seeps with the hypothesis that diverse epi- and endofauna may rely on AOM for substrate settlement, refuge and nutrition.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • Potholes or sloughs formed by a glacier’s retreat from the central plains of North America, are now known to be some of the world’s most productive ecosystems.
          • Therefore, in recent years, researchers [24 ,25 ,26 ] have attempted to achieve fast cultivation of biocrusts to restore functions in the ecosystem.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Nouns
          • Countable nouns
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        1. en ecosystems
        2. en ecosystemic
        Source: Wiktionary

        Meaning of ecosystem for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "ecosystem" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
        Difficultness: Level 9
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        Definiteness: Level 7
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