mihrab

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mihrab (Islam) a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca
    • n mihrab (Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mihrab 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.
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Usage

In literature:

Before the Mihrab there was a man.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
One of these columns, that to the east, has been partly built into the mihrab wall.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The mihrabs here are not in this direction nor in that.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The apex of the mihrab or niche runs high in the Ghiordes rug.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
On reaching the mihrab he is received with a shout by the assembled multitude.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
The latter was indicated by three chapels, the Mihrab being placed in the central one.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 3" by Various
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