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NICHE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does niche mean? 

NICHE (noun)
  The noun NICHE has 4 senses:

1. a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it
2. a small concavity
3. an enclosure that is set back or indented
4. (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species)

  Familiarity information: NICHE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NICHE (noun)


Sense 1niche [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he found his niche in the academic world

Hypernyms ("niche" is a kind of...):

place; station (proper or designated social situation)


Sense 2niche [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small concavity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

niche; recess; recession; corner

Hypernyms ("niche" is a kind of...):

concave shape; concavity; incurvation; incurvature (a shape that curves or bends inward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "niche"):

pharyngeal recess (a small recess in the wall of the pharynx)


Sense 3niche [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An enclosure that is set back or indented

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

niche; recess

Hypernyms ("niche" is a kind of...):

enclosure (artifact consisting of a space that has been enclosed for some purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "niche"):

alcove; bay (a small recess opening off a larger room)

apse; apsis (a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar)

cinerarium; columbarium (a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead)

fireplace; hearth; open fireplace (an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built)

mihrab ((Islam) a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca)


Sense 4niche [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

ecological niche; niche

Hypernyms ("niche" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Domain category:

bionomics; ecology; environmental science (the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment)


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