recess

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1re·cess

noun \ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈ\

: a short period of time during the school day when children can play

: a usually brief period of time during which regular activity in a court of law or in a government stops

: a dark, hidden place or part

Full Definition of RECESS

1
:  the action of receding :  recession
2
:  a hidden, secret, or secluded place or part
3
a :  indentation, cleft <a deep recess in the hill>
b :  alcove <a recess lined with books>
4
:  a suspension of business or procedure often for rest or relaxation <children playing at recess>

Examples of RECESS

  1. The students play outside after lunch and at recess.
  2. Do you have morning recess?
  3. The Senate debates will continue after the August recess.
  4. The Senate wanted to vote on the bill before recess.

Origin of RECESS

Latin recessus, from recedere to recede
First Known Use: 1531

2recess

verb

: to stop regular activity in a court of law or in a government for a usually short period of time

Full Definition of RECESS

transitive verb
1
:  to put into a recess <recessed lighting>
2
:  to make a recess in
3
:  to interrupt for a recess
intransitive verb
:  to take a recess

Examples of RECESS

  1. The trial recessed for the holidays.
  2. The judge decided to recess the trial for the holidays.

First Known Use of RECESS

1809

re·cess

noun \ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RECESS

: an anatomical depression or cleft : fossa

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