- 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 recessing
A special device is used for recessing and will be described later.Turning and Boring
Franklin D. Jones
The most advanced detail which occurs in pre-Conquest buildings is the recessing of arches in orders.
This difficulty may be overcome by recessing the wheel face, as in Fig. 2043, in which the wheel is shown in section.
The recessing should extend half way up the radial back of the tooth at t.Watch and Clock Escapements
- 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 recessing
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.