from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam A niche in the wall of a mosque or a room in the mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca.
- n. Islam A niche design in the middle of a Muslim prayer rug, pointed toward Mecca during worship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a niche in a mosque, that indicates the qibla (direction of Mecca), and into which the imam prays
- n. a design in a Muslim prayer mat with the same function
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A niche, or sometimes merely a decorated slab, in one of the interior walls of a mosque, marking the direction of Mecca, to which the faithful ought to turn in prayer, In the niche a copy of the Koran is usually, kept, and in front of it the imam stands when he leads the congregation in prayer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Islam) a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca
- n. (Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca
Arabic miḥrāb, probably from Old South Arabian mḥrb, part of a temple, from ḥrb, to fight, perform a certain ritual in a temple; see ḥrb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Arabic محراب (miḥrāb) (Wiktionary)