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Niche vs. Apse

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Nichenoun

(architecture) 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.

Apsenoun

(architecture) A semicircular projection from a building, especially the rounded east end of a church that contains the altar.

Nichenoun

(ecology) A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.

Apsenoun

The bishop's seat or throne in ancient churches.

Nichenoun

(by extension) Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited, such as a particular market in business.

Apsenoun

A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept.

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Nichenoun

An arrow woven into a Muslim prayer rug pointing in the direction of Mecca.

Apsenoun

The nearest and furthest points to the centre of gravitational attraction for a body in orbit. More usually called an apsis.

Nicheverb

(transitive) To place in a niche.

‘a niched vase’;

Apsenoun

A projecting part of a building, esp. of a church, having in the plan a polygonal or semicircular termination, and, most often, projecting from the east end. In early churches the Eastern apse was occupied by seats for the bishop and clergy.

Nicheverb

To specialize in a niche, or particular narrow section of the market.

Apsenoun

A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept.

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Nicheadjective

Pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal.

Apsenoun

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

Nichenoun

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.’;

Apse

In architecture, an apse (plural apses; from Latin absis 'arch, vault' from Ancient Greek ἀψίς apsis 'arch'; sometimes written apsis, plural apsides) is a semicircular recess covered with a hemispherical vault or semi-dome, also known as an exedra. In Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic Christian church (including cathedral and abbey) architecture, the term is applied to a semi-circular or polygonal termination of the main building at the liturgical east end (where the altar is), regardless of the shape of the roof, which may be flat, sloping, domed, or hemispherical.

Nichenoun

a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it;

‘he found his niche in the academic world’;

Nichenoun

a small concavity

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Nichenoun

an enclosure that is set back or indented

Nichenoun

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

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