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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 The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.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 sinus.
  14. To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall.
  15. A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
  16. 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.
  17. A going back or withdrawing: retirement: state of being withdrawn: seclusion: remission of business: part of a room formed by a receding of the wall: private abode.
  18. Retirement; seclusion; remission of business; niche in a wall.
  19. A depression in a wall; niche.
  20. Cessation from employment; intermission.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. A niche, sinus, cleft, or hollow space ; as omental, optic, pineal recess.

Usage examples for recess

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. " Let's turn around and back into the recess as far as possible. – The Golden Skull by John Blaine
  6. At last the moment of recess arrived. – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. And now, gentlemen, we shall recess until tomorrow. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. He had come out of the recess and was standing near the table. – 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
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