- 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.
(biology): A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.
(context, by extension) Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited, such as a particular market in business.
- An arrow woven into a muslim prayer rug pointing in the direction of Mecca
- a theoretical stage of evolutionary development, associated with consciousness, the mind, and personal relationships (often with reference to the writings of w:Teilhard de Chardin, Teilhard de Chardin
1980: "I used to have a pretty clear idea of God. Now we have these new theologians who say God"s inside here not up there or he"s an impersonal and the anthropomorphic image is out. Three unpersons in one anthropomorphic noosphere." " Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers