From Latin recessus.



recess (countable and uncountable, plural recesses)

  1. (countable or uncountable) A break, pause or trip.

    Spring recess presents probability to journey.

  2. An inset, gap, area or opening.

    Put a beneficiant recess behind the deal with for finger area.

  3. (US, Australia, Canada) A time of play throughout the college day, normally on a playground; (Britain) break, playtime.
    College students who don’t pay attention at school won’t play outdoors throughout recess.
  4. A decree of the imperial food regimen of the previous German empire.
    (Can we discover and add a citation of Brande & C to this entry?)
  5. (archaic) A withdrawing or retiring; a transferring again; retreat.

    the recess of the tides

    • 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon A number of Topics and Events
      each diploma of ignorance being up to now a recess and degradation from rationality
    • 1649, Charles I of England, Eikon Basilike
      My recess hath given them confidence that I could also be conquered.
  6. (archaic) The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privateness.
    • 1713, Matthew Hale, The Historical past of the Frequent Regulation of England
      On this recess of the jury, they’re to contemplate their proof
    • 1695, John Dryden (translator), Observations on the Artwork of Portray by Charles Alphonse du Fresnoy
      Good verse recess and solitude requires.
  7. (archaic) A spot of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Ebook 10”, in Paradise Misplaced. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Misplaced in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:

      Departure from this pleased place, our candy
      Recess, and onely comfort left

  8. A secret or abstruse half.
    the difficulties and recesses of science
    (Can we discover and add a citation of I. Watts to this entry?)
  9. (botany, zoology) A sinus.


Derived phrases[edit]



recess (third-person singular easy current recesses, current participle recessing, easy previous and previous participle recessed)

  1. To inset into one thing, or to recede.

    Wow, have a look at how that gargoyle recesses into the remainder of structure.

    Recess the screw so it doesn’t stick out.

  2. (intransitive) To take or declare a break.

    This court docket shall recess for its regular two hour lunch now.

    Class will recess for 20 minutes.

  3. (transitive, casual) To nominate, with a recess appointment.
    • 2013, Michael Grunwald, “Cliff Dweller”, in Time, ISSN 0040-781X, quantity 181, #1, 2013 January 14, web page 27:
      To the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation’s delight, the Senate has hobbled the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by failing to substantiate a director since 2006, however Obama hasn’t made a recess appointment. [] “The President’s view of his personal energy is a constrained one,” says White Home counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. “Lots of his nominees have languished, however he is solely recessed those that had been important to maintain businesses functioning.”
  4. To make a recess in.

    to recess a wall




  1. (out of date, uncommon) Distant, distant (in time or place).
    • 1632, Thomas Salusbury, Galileo’s Dialogue Regarding the Two Chief World Techniques:

      I ought to suppose it greatest within the subsequent discourses to start to look at whether or not the Earth be esteemed immoveable, because it hath been until now believed by most males, or else moveable, as some historical Philosophers held, and others of not very recesse occasions had been of opinion;




recess c

  1. a call, an settlement, a return (to earlier circumstances)
  2. a recess, a distinct segment




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