- 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 recessed
A federal magistrate in Florida recessed her arraignment hearing until Monday.Is Madoff's Family Next?
Allan Dodds Frank
November 18, 2010
The doorway of Malmesbury Church has eight arches, recessed one within the other.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
On the south wall are the recessed tombs of four of their younger sons.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
Their round, dark eyes, deeply recessed, were caverns of despair.The Infra-Medians
Sewell Peaslee Wright
Then there is the recessed altar-tomb of his son, also John, who died in 1585.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
Each side of each rail is grooved 1/8 in, to allow the leg to be recessed.Mission Furniture
H. H. Windsor
- 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 recessed
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.