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mihrab (design)

Definition:

a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

mihrabs

Type of:

design » decoration » artifact » whole

Part of:

prayer rug

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Arabic miḥrāb, probably from Old South Arabian mḥrb, part of a temple, from ḥrb,...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of mihrab...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Mihrab

a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla; that is, the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying. The wall in which a mihrab appears is thus the "qibla wall." Mihrabs... (45 of 878 words, 6 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Mihrab

Britannica Encyclopedia:

mihrab [Islamic architecture] | miḥrāb [Arabic]

prayer niche in the qiblah wall of a mosque; mihrabs vary in size but are usually ornately decorated. The mihrab originated in the reign of the ... (26 of 98 words, 4 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/381937​/mihrab

Collins Dictionary:

mihrab [Islam]

the niche in a mosque showing the direction of Mecca (10 of 244 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mihrab

American Heritage Dictionary:

mihrab

A niche in the wall of a mosque or a room in the mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca. | A niche design in the middle of a Muslim prayer rug, ... (31 of 69 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mihrab

Oxford Dictionary:

mihrab

a niche in the wall of a mosque, at the point nearest to Mecca, towards which the congregation faces to pray (21 of 44 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mihrab

Wiktionary:

mihrab | mihrabs [plural]

[Islam] a niche in a mosque, that indicates the qibla (direction of Mecca), and into which the imam prays | [Islam] a design in a Muslim prayer mat with the same function (31 of 32 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mihrab

New World Dictionary:

mihrab

a niche in that wall of a mosque that is closest to Mecca: it indicates the direction toward which to pray (21 of 26 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mihrab

Merriam-Webster:

mihrab

a niche or chamber in a mosque indicating the direction of Mecca (12 of 25 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mihrab

Random House Dictionary:

mihrab [mosques]

a niche or decorative panel designating the kiblah. (8 of 16 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mihrab

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prayer rug [countable] | prayer rugs [plural]

a prayer mat (3 of 32 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prayer-rug

Cambridge Dictionary:

prayer mat

a small piece of thick cloth on which a Muslim goes down on his knees and bends his body down to the ground when praying (25 of 30 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prayer-mat

Columbia Encyclopedia:

design

plan or arrangement of line, form, mass, color, and space in a pattern. A design may be created to serve a functional purpose as in architecture and ... (27 of 70 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0815267​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

mihrab | mihrabs [plural]

a small niche in a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca (12 of 33 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630013​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

mihrab

Origin: Arabic miḥrāb, probably from Old South Arabian mḥrb, part of a temple, from ḥrb, to fight, perform a certain ... (19 of 28 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mihrab

Oxford Dictionary:

mihrab

Origin: Arabic miḥrāb "place for prayer"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mihrab

Wiktionary:

mihrab

Origin: Arabic محراب (miḥrāb)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mihrab

Merriam-Webster:

mihrab

First use: 1673

Origin: Arabic miḥrāb

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mihrab

Collins Dictionary:

New World Dictionary:

mihrab

Origin: Arabic miḥrāb

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mihrab

Encarta Dictionary:

mihrab | mihrabs [plural]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: Arabic miḥrāb

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630013​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

mihrab [Islam]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mihrab"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mihrab

the Free Dictionary:

mihrab

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "mihrab"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "mihrab" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/mihrab

Google Dictionary:

mihrab | mihrabs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "mihrab"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

mihrab

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mihrab"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=mihrab​01 word=mihrab

YourDictionary Audio:

mihrab

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mihrab" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mihrab

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