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.
- non·re·cess, noun
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How to use recess in a sentence
As in most states, New Jersey laws prohibit schools from holding makeup days on weekends, holidays or after graduation, typically leaving spring break and other recesses as the only times to recoup days of instruction lost to weather closures.New Jersey school district pledges to protect at least one ritual from pandemic upheaval: The snow day | Kim Bellware | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The recess ensures that a deal to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy, with aid delivered to struggling households and floundering small businesses, would not arrive before the election.Dow slides more than 900 points as rising coronavirus counts threaten fragile recovery | Hamza Shaban | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
House Democrats in particular seem keen to get something done before the recess, though Schumer and speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi have urged Democrats to hold out for a more holistic relief package.Why lawmakers may choose a more targeted approach for the second round of COVID stimulus | Aric Jenkins | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
Between Zoom meetings and writing deadlines, I once again find myself fielding questions about long division and rectangles and explaining to my 9-year-old why a 10-minute recess isn’t the right time to start making popsicles.Malala Yousafzai puts the remote learning struggle in perspective | Michal Lev-Ram, writer | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
If your school has closed, make a daily schedule similar to what you do at school — and don’t forget to budget time for recess and lunch!
He remembered one day when Rabbi Bodenheimer came outside during recess.This 'Holy Guy'—and Grandfather of 100—Is Accused of Sexually Abusing a Student | Batya Ungar-Sargon | September 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Josh Rogin | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With Congress in recess, it seems she had to get back in the spotlight any way she could.
First, the only “recess” that counted was the one that started at the end of a Senate session.Deregulators Lost at the Supreme Court When It Comes to Blocking Presidential Appointees | Aziz Haq | June 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This case speaks to the breadth of presidential power over recess appointments.From Smartphones to Abortion, the Supreme Court Is About to Decide on Several Major Cases | Tim Mak | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The baron turned full upon him, and leaned his shoulders against the iron door of the recess.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
They walked together to a recess in the garden, where they sat down under the full radiance of the unclouded moon.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The usual monthly lists of accessions have been sent out during the recess.Report of the Chief Librarian for the Year 1924-25 | General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
He stepped out on to the balcony, followed by Nigel, and pulled out from the recess the first of the sliding doors.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
All the toilet arrangements were perfect, and each room had a recess in which was a large enamelled bath.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for recess
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
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)
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