[ri-ses, ree-ses]
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.

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. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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
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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Word Origin & History

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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Medical Dictionary

recess re·cess (rē'sěs', rĭ-sěs')
A small hollow or an indented area.

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Example sentences
The ceiling has a series of recessed panels that contain incandescent
  downlights to further brighten and define the space.
For example, the ship's knifelike, rolled-iron hull and recessed rivets helped
  reduce drag as the sub cut through the water.
They can be used in bathroom vanity lighting, track lighting and recessed
  lights, and as chandelier bulbs or outdoor lights.
They also designed the dome's interior as a series of recessed panels, which
  lessened the amount of concrete needed.
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