Meaning of RECESS in English

I. ˈrēˌses, rə̇ˈses, rēˈses noun

( -es )

Etymology: Latin recessus, from recessus, past participle of recedere to withdraw, recede — more at recede

1. : the action of receding : recession

the recess of the tides



(1) : a hidden or retired place

the recesses of the echoing mountains — John Muir †1914

took from some recess in his crumpled clothing a copper coin — Pearl Buck

(2) : an inner or concealed part of something

sought to lay bare the recesses of the soul — R.W.Southern

explore the hidden recesses of the mind — C.B.Tinker

illuminating the recesses of American politics — Times Literary Supplement

b. : a secret hiding place or retreat

there I lay close covered o'er in my recess — Robert Browning


a. : an indentation in a straight line or in a surface bounded by a line conceived of as straight : cleft

a large recess in the steep, rocky bank — American Guide Series: Maine

b. : alcove

lazily reading in an armchair in the pleasant recess where the books are — Rachel Henning

c. : a cleft in a living body : sinus


a. : a suspension of business or procedure (as of a legislative body, court, school) for a comparatively short time : a usually brief vacation period

most members of Congress took advantage of the Easter recess to go back to their home districts — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

the justices adjourned for their summer recess — New York Times

recess from December 21 to January 4 inclusive — Official Register of Harvard University

b. : a period lasting from 10 minutes to an hour that intervenes between the class or study periods of a school day and is used for rest, play, or lunch


[Medieval Latin recessus, from Latin, act of receding, going away; from the practice of writing up the decrees before the members of the diet departed]

: a decree or ordinance of a diet of the Holy Roman Empire or the Hanseatic League

the Frankfort recess

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

transitive verb

1. : to put into a recess : conceal or seclude in a recess : set back

recessed lighting fixtures

in the school auditorium are four recessed mural panels — American Guide Series: Michigan

2. : to make a recess in

recessed type

3. : to interrupt the course or sitting of for a comparatively short period

recessed contract negotiations until this week — Newsweek

can recess the Senate when its work is done — Time

intransitive verb

: to take a recess

the court will now recess for lunch

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