WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•cess /rɪˈsɛs, ˈrisɛs/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
(ri ses′, rē′ses),USA pronunciation n.
- temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
- a period of such withdrawal.
- a receding part or space, as a bay or alcove in a room.
- an indentation in a line or extent of coast, hills, forest, etc.
- recesses, a secluded or inner area or part:in the recesses of the palace.
- to place or set in a recess.
- to set or form as or like a recess;
make a recess or recesses in:to recess a wall.
- to suspend or defer for a recess:to recess the Senate.
- to take a recess.
- Latin recessus a withdrawal, receding part, equivalent. to recēd(ere) to recede1 + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action, with dtss
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged respite, rest, break, vacation.
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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