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Definitions of recess

  1. To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. put into a recess; "recess lights" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. make a recess in; "recess the piece of wood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a state of abeyance or suspended business Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. an enclosure that is set back or indented Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat; as, the recess of the tides. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Remission or suspension of business or procedure; intermission, as of a legislative body, court, or school. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Part of a room formed by the receding of the wall, as an alcove, niche, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A sinus. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A place or space hollowed out in a wall, etc.; an alcove or niche; a quiet or secluded spot or nook; a brief time during which work ceases; an intermission. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A going back or withdrawing: retirement: state of being withdrawn: seclusion: remission of business: part of a room formed by a receding of the wall: private abode. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Retirement; seclusion; remission of business; niche in a wall. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. A depression in a wall; niche. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Cessation from employment; intermission. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A cavity in a wall made for use or ornament; suspension of business or procedure; the time or period during which public business is suspended; retreat; retirement; place of retirement; a secret part; a receding, as of the shore. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. A niche, sinus, cleft, or hollow space ; as omental, optic, pineal recess. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for recess

  1. The wall in which the well was set made a sudden bend a few paces further on, thereby forming a sort of recess where the lovers would be free from observation, if they were to take shelter there. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  2. Just by the bend Malcolm Sage observed a youth and a girl standing in the recess of a gate giving access to a meadow. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
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