Orator Henley is niched in an early part of this correspondence.
It was niched, as we said, into a cove of rocks, open only to the sea.
Also the upper portions of the shafts below are niched, crocketed and battlemented.
The exterior is adorned with niched statues and beautiful iron trellis work round the windows.
Pupasse declared they had niched it to copy, because her list was the longest and most complete.
Two tiny camp chairs, a wooden table with legs driven into the earth, and two niched candles form the furniture.
On the left side of the Upper Terrace is a dwarf wall, niched with ferns and mosses.
Yet always, niched away in the subconscious, was the hurt, wearing deeper with a bruising force.
In niched archways there, one door after another met the eye, massive and polished, but all closed.
Once the outer doors were sealed, entrance was doubtless by way of the niched vertical stairways in front of each room.
1610s, "shallow recess in a wall," from French niche "recess (for a dog), kennel" (14c.), perhaps from Italian nicchia "niche, nook," from nicchio "seashell," said by Klein and Barnhart to be probably from Latin mitulus "mussel," but the change of -m- to -n- is not explained. Watkins suggests that the word is from an Old French noun derived from nichier "to nestle, nest, build a nest," via Gallo-Romance *nidicare from Latin nidus "nest;" but that has difficulties, too. Figurative sense is first recorded 1725. Biological use dates from 1927.
niche (nĭch, nēsh)
An eroded or ulcerated area detected by contrast radiography.
The function or position of an organism or a population within an ecological community.
The particular area within a habitat occupied by an organism.
The function or position of a species within an ecological community. A species's niche includes the physical environment to which it has become adapted as well as its role as producer and consumer of food resources. See also competitive exclusion principle.