re cess

recess

[ri-ses, ree-ses]
noun
1.
temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
2.
a period of such withdrawal.
3.
a receding part or space, as a bay or alcove in a room.
4.
an indentation in a line or extent of coast, hills, forest, etc.
5.
recesses, a secluded or inner area or part: in the recesses of the palace.
verb (used with object)
6.
to place or set in a recess.
7.
to set or form as or like a recess; make a recess or recesses in: to recess a wall.
8.
to suspend or defer for a recess: to recess the Senate.
verb (used without object)
9.
to take a recess.

Origin:
1510–20; < Latin recessus a withdrawal, receding part, equivalent to recēd(ere) to recede1 + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > ss

nonrecess, noun


1. respite, rest, break, vacation.
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recess
 
n
1.  a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
2.  (often plural) a secluded or secret place: recesses of the mind
3.  a cessation of business, such as the closure of Parliament during a vacation
4.  anatomy a small cavity or depression in a bodily organ, part, or structure
5.  (US), (Canadian) a break between classes at a school
 
vb
6.  (tr) to place or set (something) in a recess
7.  (tr) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)
 
[C16: from Latin recessus a retreat, from recēdere to recede]

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recess
1531, "act of receding," from L. recessus "a going back, retreat," from recessum, pp. of recedere "to recede" (see recede). Meaning "hidden or remote part" first recorded 1616; that of "period of stopping from usual work" is from 1620, probably from parliamentary notion of
"recessing" into private chambers. The verb is from 1809.
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recess re·cess (rē'sěs', rĭ-sěs')
n.
A small hollow or an indented area.

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