- 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.
verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- to take a recess.
noun (rɪˈsɛs, ˈriːsɛs)
- 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)
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.