recess

noun
re·​cess | \ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈ\

Definition of recess 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of receding : recession

2 : a hidden, secret, or secluded place or part

3a : 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

recess

verb
recessed; recessing; recesses

Definition of recess (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of recess in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The trial recessed for the holidays. The judge decided to recess the trial for the holidays.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith lobbied in its support and pushed for the final bill to go to a vote before the summer recess. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 Last month, a group of black people wrote to the House and Senate Judiciary committees asking for a hearing on racial profiling before the August recess, The Washington Post’s Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reported. Kristine Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "A black lawmaker was campaigning door to door in her district. A constituent called 911.," 6 July 2018 In the recesses of C-SPAN’s video archive, the elder Kavanaugh can be found testifying in 1983 before Congress about his industry. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "The elite world of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 In the final episode of this food and travel show, Bourdain traveled into the deep recesses of the Himalayas to explore Bhutan. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Parts Unknown’ and the BET Awards," 24 June 2018 The saga started Monday, when the animal was spotted in a shallow recess of a wall on a Town Square building, Minnesota Public Radio's KNOW-FM reports. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Climbing raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper, defies death and becomes internet famous," 13 June 2018 Bits and pieces of memory surface from the dark recesses of my subconscious like shards of a broken dream. David D. Kindy, BostonGlobe.com, "Way back when, it was a scary drill," 24 May 2018 In the darkest recesses between buildings, under carports, or in narrow passages, hostas will grow and thrive if the soil is rich and moist. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Most Stunning Hostas," 16 May 2017 As the court went into a brief recess, the defendant gently rocked back and forth, looking at her attorney, Mike McCrum, who had his left arm on her shoulders, comforting her. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Courtroom emotions high after jurors convict S.A. mom of murder," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Congress is scheduled to recess after Thursday for a July 4 holiday that will extend through next week. Eliza Fawcett, latimes.com, "Judge's ruling on migrant children in custody gives families few answers," 28 June 2018 Nokian's latest Hakkapeliitta 9 tire includes a pocket behind the stud, giving the metal a place to recess when impacting the road surface. Jordan Golson, Ars Technica, "Winter tires 101: “An all-season is only an all-season if you live in Phoenix”," 20 Mar. 2018 The oak floors, white molding and recessed ceiling lights provide a sense of continuity from the kitchen to the dining and living areas. Mary Murphy, courant.com, "Property of the Week: Essex Glen," 6 June 2018 That building is 288 Pacific Ave., where residents last month began moving into 33 units contained within an overscaled grid of brickwork and recessed metal. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Well-crafted Jackson Square condos rich in design inspiration," 2 July 2018 Design changes allowed relief from a requirement for recessed front entry garages and some material changes at outside corners. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Sugar Hill approves design for duplex on First Avenue," 20 June 2018 Lots of interesting light fixtures are woven into the homescape: a black chain-link pendant over the dining table; a rectangular chandelier over the kitchen island; contemporary table lamps; and LED recessed lights. Catherine Laughlin, Philly.com, "Rowhouse redesigned to complement Brewerytown Garden mural," 2 May 2018 In the case of Costigan-Wagner, the Southern bloc delayed until its opponents, who were eager to pass other legislation, recessed in April 1935. Vanessa Gregory, New York Times, "A Lynching’s Long Shadow," 25 Apr. 2018 But the judge recessed for five minutes anyway, as Venckiene drank water and dabbed her face with a tissue. Washington Post, "US judge refuses to halt extradition of Lithuanian ex-judge," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of recess

Noun

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for recess

Noun

Latin recessus, from recedere to recede

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recess

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

recess

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recess (Entry 2 of 2)

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

recess

noun
re·​cess | \ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈses\

Kids Definition of recess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief period for relaxation between work periods The students play ball at recess.

2 : a secret or hidden place The droplets of water came from somewhere high up in the dark recesses of the roof …— Brian Jacques, Redwall

3 : a hollow cut or built into a surface (as a wall) The room has a recess lined with books.

4 : a brief time off from the activity of a court

recess

verb
recessed; recessing

Kids Definition of recess (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into a hollow space The light fixture was recessed into the ceiling.

2 : to interrupt for or take a brief time off

recess

noun
re·​cess | \ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈ \

Medical Definition of recess 

: an anatomical depression or cleft : fossa

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recess

noun
re·​cess | \ˈrē-ˌses, ri-ˈses \

Legal Definition of recess 

: a temporary adjournment of a trial, hearing, or legislative session

Other Words from recess

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