- 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
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Examples from the Web for recesses
Fortunately, there was another word for quick that popped from the recesses of his memory.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Pictures of pets, pictures of relatives in coffins, pictures of intimate moments otherwise discarded in the recesses of memory.These Photographs Would Die Without Him
July 31, 2014
In the recesses of Concordia you will feel really, really small.It’s a Big, Big World: Sights That Make You Feel Small
December 24, 2013
At sides masonry with recesses; in the R. centre a great doorway.Apu Ollantay
The unfortunate Boabdil plunged once more amidst the recesses of the Alhambra.Leila, Complete
We can neither plumb the depths nor pierce the shades of its recesses.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
We'll have to be stayin' more together mornin's and noons and recesses, so we will.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
But a still greater cunning lurked in the recesses of the Indian mind.White Fang
- 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 recesses
1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.
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.
- A small hollow or an indented area.