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recess

noun

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  1. 1 a hollowed-out space in a wall the curator placed the large vase in one of the recesses of the gallery wall Synonyms alcove, nook, nicheRelated Words corner, cranny, cubbyhole; cubicle; dent, embrasure, indent, indentation, indenture; ambry, housing, shrine

  2. 2 a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended the couple goes to Florida every January for a month-long recess from the rigors of winter Synonyms break, holiday [chiefly British], hols [British], leave, vacationRelated Words sabbatical; furlough, liberty; breather, relaxation, respite, rest; interim, intermission, interval; feast, holy day, legal holiday; idling, loafing, lounging, slacking

  3. 3 a momentary halt in an activity the judge called for a brief recess so that the witness could regain her composure Synonyms break, breath, breather, interruption, lull, pauseRelated Words time-out; interim, interlude, intermission, interval, respite, rest; cessation, discontinuance, downtime, ending, expiration, finishing, hitch, lapse, stoppage, stopping, termination; abeyance, moratorium, surcease, suspension; discontinuity, gap, hiatusNear Antonyms continuation, endurance, persistence, progress, progression; extension, prolongation

  4. 4 a sunken area forming a separate space decided to camp in a sandy recess where the beach met the forest Synonyms cavity, concavity, dent, depression, dint, hollow, indentation, indenture, pit, holeRelated Words burrow, cave, cavern, ditch, excavation, furrow, groove, gutter, trench, trough; basin, bowl, valley; alcove, cleft, niche, nook, opening, hole, socket; alveolus, dimple, gouge, impression, imprint, notch, pocket; borehole, chuckhole, crater, posthole, pothole, sinkhole, wallow, water hole, well; abyss, chasm, gulf, vacuity, vacuum, voidNear Antonyms hill, mound, rise; bump, bunch, hump, lump, pimple, swell, swelling, tumorAntonyms bulge, camber, convexity, jut, projection, protrusion, protuberance


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