- 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.
Origin of recess
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for recess
Congress returns from recess next week and has two weeks of session before adjourning again until after the election.After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama’s ISIS War
September 2, 2014
With Congress in recess, it seems she had to get back in the spotlight any way she could.Clare Boothe Luce's Vapid Second Act
July 5, 2014
First, the only “recess” that counted was the one that started at the end of a Senate session.
No, recess appointments are a vital safety-catch to allow government to function.Obama Will Lose Recess Appointment Case, but Will Other Presidents Lose Their Power?
January 14, 2014
The Senate had, in fact, been in pro forma session when Obama issued his fiat that the body was in recess.The ‘Defining Issue of Our Time’ Is Obama’s Constitutional Excesses
January 9, 2014
Then she went with Rico to school and back again, and in recess they were also together.Rico and Wiseli
At every recess hour the forces gathered for the exciting sport.The Boy Life of Napoleon
I only hope he's not in that recess or deep doorway now, if it leads into your mountain.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It was recess and the campus was overflowing with boys and girls, but Pat was alone.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
On either side a recess in the wall had been fitted up as a couch.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
- (often plural) a secluded or secret placerecesses of the mind
- a cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation
- anatomy a small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure
- US and Canadian a break between classes at a school
- (tr) to place or set (something) in a recess
- (tr) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)
Word Origin and History for recess
1530s, "act of receding," from Latin recessus "a going back, retreat," from recessum, past participle of recedere "to recede" (see recede). Meaning "hidden or remote part" first recorded 1610s; that of "period of stopping from usual work" is from 1620s, probably from parliamentary notion of "recessing" into private chambers.
1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.
- A small hollow or an indented area.