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recess

[ri-ses, ree-ses] /rɪˈsɛs, ˈri sɛs/
noun
1.
temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
2.
a period of such withdrawal.
3.
a receding part or space, as a bay or alcove in a room.
4.
an indentation in a line or extent of coast, hills, forest, etc.
5.
recesses, a secluded or inner area or part:
in the recesses of the palace.
verb (used with object)
6.
to place or set in a recess.
7.
to set or form as or like a recess; make a recess or recesses in:
to recess a wall.
8.
to suspend or defer for a recess:
to recess the Senate.
verb (used without object)
9.
to take a recess.
Origin of recess
1510-1520
1510-20; < Latin recessus a withdrawal, receding part, equivalent to recēd(ere) to recede1 + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > ss
Related forms
nonrecess, noun
Synonyms
1. respite, rest, break, vacation.
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  • At sides masonry with recesses; in the R. centre a great doorway.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • The unfortunate Boabdil plunged once more amidst the recesses of the Alhambra.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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 Gulielma Zollinger
  • But a still greater cunning lurked in the recesses of the Indian mind.

    White Fang Jack London
  • So musing, he lit his pipe and examined the recesses beneath the driver's seat.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • At night she floated dark in all her recesses, and full of fears.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for recesses

recess

noun (rɪˈsɛs; ˈriːsɛs)
1.
a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
2.
(often pl) a secluded or secret place: recesses of the mind
3.
a cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation
4.
(anatomy) a small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure
5.
(US & Canadian) a break between classes at a school
verb (rɪˈsɛs)
6.
(transitive) to place or set (something) in a recess
7.
(transitive) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recessus a retreat, from recēdere to recede
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Word Origin and History for recesses

recess

v.

1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.

recess

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recesses in Medicine

recess re·cess (rē'sěs', rĭ-sěs')
n.
A small hollow or an indented area.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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