WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•cess /rɪˈsɛs, ˈrisɛs/USA pronunciation
a temporary withdrawal from or stopping of the usual work or activity;
a period of such withdrawal:a five-minute recess.
a part built back or in from the rest, as an alcove in a room.
recesses, [plural] a hidden or inner area or part:in the recesses of the palace.
[~ + object] to place or set in a recess.
to suspend or leave for later for a recess: [~ + object]to recess the Senate.[no object]The meeting recessed for lunch.See -cess-.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
recess n /rɪˈsɛs; ˈriːsɛs/
- a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
- (often plural) a secluded or secret place: recesses of the mind
- a cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation
- a small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure
- US Canadian a break between classes at a school
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin recessus a retreat, from recēdere to recede
- (transitive) to place or set (something) in a recess
- (transitive) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)
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