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Meaning of NICHE

Pronunciation:  nich

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an enclosure that is set back or indented
  2. [n]  a small concavity
  3. [n]  (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species)
  4. [n]  a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it; "he found his niche in the academic world"

NICHE is a 5 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: corner, ecological niche, recess, recess, recession
 See Also: alcove, apse, apsis, bay, concave shape, concavity, condition, enclosure, fireplace, hearth, incurvation, incurvature, open fireplace, pharyngeal recess, place, station, status



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Niche\, n. [F., fr. It. nicchia, prop., a shell-like
recess in a wall, fr. nicchio a shellfish, mussel, fr. L.
A cavity, hollow, or recess, generally within the thickness
of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament.
hence, any similar position, literal or figurative.

      Images defended from the injuries of the weather by
      niches of stone wherein they are placed. --Evelun.

 Definition: the environmental requirements and tolerances of a species; sometimes seen as a species' "profession" or what it does to survive.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alcove, asylum, bay, bolt-hole, cache, carrel, concealment, corner, cove, cover, covert, coverture, cranny, cubby, cubbyhole, cubicle, dark corner, den, dugout, foxhole, funk hole, hideaway, hideout, hidey hole, hiding, hiding place, hole, hollow, inglenook, lair, nook, oriel, pitchhole, place, position, recess, recession, refuge, retreat, roomlet, sanctuary, secret place, slot, snuggery, stash, undercovert