Definitions of recess

  1. close at the end of a session; " The court adjourned"
  2. a pause from doing something ( as work); " we took a 10- minute break"; " he took time out to recuperate"
  3. a small concavity
  4. a state of abeyance or suspended business
  5. an arm off of a larger body of water ( often between rocky headlands)
  6. an enclosure that is set back or indented
  7. put into a recess; " recess lights"
  8. make a recess in; " recess the piece of wood"
  9. A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat; as, the recess of the tides.
  10. The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.
  11. Remission or suspension of business or procedure; intermission, as of a legislative body, court, or school.
  12. Part of a room formed by the receding of the wall, as an alcove, niche, etc.
  13. A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
  14. Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science.
  15. A sinus.
  16. To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall.
  17. A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
  18. A place or space hollowed out in a wall, etc.; an alcove or niche; a quiet or secluded spot or nook; a brief time during which work ceases; an intermission.
  19. A small hollow or indentation; see recessus.
  20. A going back or withdrawing: retirement: state of being withdrawn: seclusion: remission of business: part of a room formed by a receding of the wall: private abode.
  21. Retirement; seclusion; remission of business; niche in a wall.
  22. A depression in a wall; niche.
  23. Cessation from employment; intermission.
  24. A withdrawing or retiring; retirement; place of retirement; state of retirement; suspension of business; seclusion; abstruse part; part of a room formed by the receding of the wall. See Recede.
  25. A cavity in a wall made for use or ornament; suspension of business or procedure; the time or period during which public business is suspended; retreat; retirement; place of retirement; a secret part; a receding, as of the shore.
  26. A niche, sinus, cleft, or hollow space ; as omental, optic, pineal recess.

Usage examples for recess

  1. He turned toward the recess and said in low tones: " I know the voice of my angel, and I would fall upon my knees and worship her, but it would bring danger and separation." – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  2. He had come out of the recess and was standing near the table. – 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad
  3. And now, gentlemen, we shall recess until tomorrow. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  4. The trial continued until the first of March except a short recess. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  5. " Let's turn around and back into the recess as far as possible. – The Golden Skull by John Blaine
  6. Just by the bend Malcolm Sage observed a youth and a girl standing in the recess of a gate giving access to a meadow. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  7. At recess I called her to me and questioned her. – A Very Naughty Girl by L. T. Meade
  8. Then the prosecution asked for a few minutes' recess, announcing that it had a new witness to bring forward. – Emerson's Wife and Other Western Stories Emerson's Wife -- Colonel Kate's Protégée -- The Kid of Apache Teju -- A Blaze on Pard Huff -- How Colonel Kate Won Her Spurs -- Hollyhocks -- The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Johnson Sides -- A Piece of Wreckag by Florence Finch Kelly
  9. She ignored him through the morning, and he couldn't find her at recess, but at lunch she came and sat next to him. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  10. A closet opened at the head of the bed, and at the foot of it was the door of the room and the passage, so that it stood in a recess, to which were wooden doors, seldom closed. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  11. A couple of yards to the left there is an alternative to the 'rectangular recess, ' and it is known as the 'Rift. – Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England by W. P. Haskett Smith
  12. He met the psychic half- way by forming the usual chain about the table, placing Eusapia before the curtains of the little cabinet, which was a recess in the wall. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  13. It was while he was for a moment outside the recess, and he caught her in the act. – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
  14. The wall in which the well was set made a sudden bend a few paces further on, thereby forming a sort of recess, where the lovers would be free from observation, if they were to take shelter there. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  15. At last the moment of recess arrived. – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  16. There will be nothing in the Lords now,- the recess is just at hand; and if you can spare the time, Lady Raby and myself will be delighted to see you. – Alice, or The Mysteries, Book III by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  17. Madame Dalibard did not see the involuntary spy; for the recess in which he had crept was on that side of the wall on which the moon's shadow was cast. – Lucretia, Volume 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  18. They sat down together in the recess, and she added: " I used to sit here with Miss Van Hook; she could hear better in the noise the waves made. – April Hopes by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  19. This one about the red- faced man and the closed door in the deep recess is getting a bit on my nerves. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson