proxemics: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (prok-sē'miks), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.)
- the study of the spatial requirements of humans and animals and the effects of population density on behavior, communication, and social interaction.
- the study of the symbolic and communicative role in a culture of spatial arrangements and variations in distance, as in how far apart individuals engaged in conversation stand depending on the degree of intimacy between them. Cf.
- proxemics (Thesaurus)