WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•cess /rɪˈsɛs, ˈrisɛs/USA pronunciation n. 
    [countable]
  1. a temporary withdrawal from or stopping of the usual work or activity;
    a break.
  2. a period of such withdrawal:a five-minute recess.
  3. a part built back or in from the rest, as an alcove in a room.
  4. recesses, [plural] a hidden or inner area or part:in the recesses of the palace.

v. 
  • [+ 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/
    1. a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
    2. (often plural) a secluded or secret place: recesses of the mind
    3. a cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation
    4. a small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure
    5. US Canadian a break between classes at a school
    vb /rɪˈsɛs/
    1. (transitive) to place or set (something) in a recess
    2. (transitive) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin recessus a retreat, from recēdere to recede



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