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
Clinton had to short-circuit the process, using his presidential powers to grant Hormel a recess appointment.Jim Hormel: Buttigieg, not Grenell, will be the first out LGBTQ Cabinet official | Chris Johnson | December 17, 2020 | Washington Blade
“Maintaining our mental health is equally important as our physical health, and we are putting safety measures in place to allow for a midsemester recess,” Pines said.Spring semester at U-Md. will bring more in-person classes, introduce coronavirus vaccine task force | Lauren Lumpkin | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
If they are deeper, fill the bottom of the recess with fine sand, then add the patching material.Why is it so expensive to patch an asphalt driveway? | Jeanne Huber | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Fortunately, this happens right when the older males are taking a winter recess from all the drama and aggressiveness of high school social life.Three love stories about birds that will delight your heart | Laura Erickson | November 6, 2020 | Popular-Science
In fifth grade, she took soldering lessons during recess, then pressed her parents for her own soldering iron.This AI whiz could be the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs, but first she has to navigate being 18 | Taylor Telford | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
A federal magistrate in Florida recessed her arraignment hearing until Monday.
The bottoms of these mugs have a flange which makes a recessed part and in this the heating element is placed.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
Cut it to fit into the recessed bottom of the mug, then with a chisel remove the material in the top to form a depression 1/16 in.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
Looking from the inside, it curves over a slight bit, and then this is recessed.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
On the right is a recessed window, through which the top of an old grey wall with chevaux-de-frise and foliage above can be seen.The Brass Bottle | F. Anstey
On the left a recessed fireplace, in which are ferns; on the mantelpiece are some large blue and white beakers and vases.The Brass Bottle | F. Anstey
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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