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see ecologyecology,
study of the relationships of organisms to their physical environment and to one another. The study of an individual organism or a single species is termed autecology; the study of groups of organisms is called synecology.
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Niche

A recess in a wall; usually semicircular at the back, terminating in a half-dome, or with small pediments supported on consoles, often used as a place for a statue.

angle niche

A niche formed at a corner of a building; common in medieval architecture.

Niche

 

(1) In architecture, a recess in a wall for a statue, a vase, built-in shelves, and similar objects. Niches are sometimes used to impart a sculptural quality to a wall.

(2) In geomorphology, a niche, or crater, is a cavity in the lower part of a protruding abrasion shoreline. It occurs as a result of wave erosion. As the niche becomes deeper, the weight of the bench of bedrock hanging over it increases. The bench finally breaks off and a cliff, an overhanging scarp, forms.

(3) In military science, a niche is a recess in the wall of a trench or communications passage. It is used to store ammunition and water and serves as protection from bullets, shell fragments, and mortar fire. It is also a shelter during bad weather. In loose soils, the walls and ceiling of the niche are faced with boards or any available material.

niche

[nich]
(ecology)
The unique role or way of life of a plant or animal species.
(geology)
A shallow cave or reentrant produced by weathering and erosion near the base of a rock face or cliff or beneath a waterfall.

niche

A recess in a wall, usually to contain sculpture or an urn; often semicircular in plan, surmounted by a half dome.

niche

1. a recess in a wall, esp one that contains a statue
2. any similar recess, such as one in a rock face
3. Commerce relating to or aimed at a small specialized group or market
4. Ecology the role of a plant or animal within its community and habitat, which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms, etc.
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I thought you had so exactly found your niche in life, Jack,' Edwin Drood returns, astonished, bending forward in his chair to lay a sympathetic hand on Jasper's knee, and looking at him with an anxious face.
cried Quilp, looking up at the old gateway, and showing in the moonlight like some monstrous image that had come down from its niche and was casting a backward glance at its old house, 'faster
Were there to be any niches after all in the temple of happiness to which he could never climb?
At each turn of the stairs were vacant niches in the wall.
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You are able to leverage experience and knowledge to open doors, and you can develop an archive of value-added resources that are specific to that particular niche.
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Saint Francis joined NICHE in 2006 with the first Acute Care Elderly unit (ACE) in the state.