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English Dictionary: recess by the DICT Development Group
4 results for recess
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a state of abeyance or suspended business [syn: deferral, recess]
  2. a small concavity
    Synonym(s): recess, recession, niche, corner
  3. an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
    Synonym(s): inlet, recess
  4. an enclosure that is set back or indented
    Synonym(s): recess, niche
  5. a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
    Synonym(s): respite, recess, break, time out
  1. put into a recess; "recess lights"
  2. make a recess in; "recess the piece of wood"
  3. close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned"
    Synonym(s): adjourn, recess, break up
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Recess \Re*cess"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Recessed}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Recessing}.]
      To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Recess \Re*cess"\, n. [G.]
      A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
      --Brande & C.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Recess \Re*cess"\, n. [L. recessus, fr. recedere, recessum. See
      1. A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat; as, the
            recess of the tides.
                     Every degree of ignorance being so far a recess and
                     degradation from rationality.            --South.
                     My recess hath given them confidence that I may be
                     conquered.                                          --Eikon
      2. The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.
                     In the recess of the jury they are to consider the
                     evidence.                                          --Sir M. Hale.
                     Good verse recess and solitude requires. --Dryden.
      3. Remission or suspension of business or procedure;
            intermission, as of a legislative body, court, or school.
                     The recess of . . . Parliament lasted six weeks.
      4. Part of a room formed by the receding of the wall, as an
            alcove, niche, etc.
                     A bed which stood in a deep recess.   --W. Irving.
      5. A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
                     Departure from his happy place, our sweet Recess,
                     and only consolation left.                  --Milton.
      6. Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses
            of science. --I. Watts.
      7. (Bot. & Zo[94]l.) A sinus.
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