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recess

[ri-ses, ree-ses] /rɪˈsɛs, ˈri sɛs/
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 of recess
1510-1520
1510-20; < Latin recessus a withdrawal, receding part, equivalent to recēd(ere) to recede1 + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > ss
Related forms
nonrecess, noun
Synonyms
1. respite, rest, break, vacation.
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  • The doorway of Malmesbury Church has eight arches, recessed one within the other.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • On the south wall are the recessed tombs of four of their younger sons.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • This base is recessed on top to receive the main plate A, Fig. 24, and also to hold the glass shade N in position.

  • Their round, dark eyes, deeply recessed, were caverns of despair.

    The Infra-Medians Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • Preparations made, Edipon went into the recessed doorway and pulled a concealing curtain over it.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • Then there is the recessed altar-tomb of his son, also John, who died in 1585.

  • It was really a sideboard with small square doors below, and a recessed superstructure supported upon balusters.

  • Windows in the facade are unique in that they are set into recessed brick frames.

    Huntley Tony P. Wrenn
  • At one side, and opposite to where they stood, was a recessed chamber containing what appeared to be very powerful machinery.

    A. D. 2000 Alvarado M. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for recessed

recess

noun (rɪˈsɛs; ˈriːsɛs)
1.
a space, such as a niche or alcove, set back or indented
2.
(often pl) 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
verb (rɪˈsɛs)
6.
(transitive) to place or set (something) in a recess
7.
(transitive) to build a recess or recesses in (a wall, building, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recessus a retreat, from recēdere to recede
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Word Origin and History for recessed

recess

n.

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.

v.

1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.

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recessed in Medicine

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

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