Development environment refers to a server tier designated to a specific stage in a release process.
Environment/Tier Name
Description
Local
Developer’s desktop/workstation
Virtual Machine
VM hosted on developers desktop or possibly development server
Development
Development server aka sandbox
Integration
CI build target, or for developer testing of side effects
Test/QA
For functional, performance testing, Quality Assurance etc.
UAT
User acceptance testing
Stage/Pre-production
Mirror of production environment
Production/Live
Serves end-users/clients
Source: Wikipedia

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