Pronunciation: (kon'tekst), [key]
1. the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect: You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context.
2. the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
3. Mycol.the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
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