What does recess mean?

Definitions for recess
rɪˈsɛs, ˈri sɛsre·cess

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deferral, recess(noun)

    a state of abeyance or suspended business

  2. recess, recession, niche, corner(noun)

    a small concavity

  3. inlet, recess(noun)

    an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)

  4. recess, niche(noun)

    an enclosure that is set back or indented

  5. respite, recess, break, time out(verb)

    a pause from doing something (as work)

    "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"

  6. recess(verb)

    put into a recess

    "recess lights"

  7. recess(verb)

    make a recess in

    "recess the piece of wood"

  8. adjourn, recess, break up(verb)

    close at the end of a session

    "The court adjourned"


  1. Recess(n.)

    Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science; the deepest recesses of the mind. I. Watts.

  2. Origin: [L. recessus, fr. recedere, recessum. See Recede.]


  1. recess(Noun)

    A break, pause or vacation.

    Spring recess offers a good chance to travel.

  2. recess(Noun)

    An inset, hole, space or opening.

    Put a generous recess behind the handle for finger space.

  3. recess(Noun)

    A time of play, usually, on a playground.

    Students who do not listen in class will not play outside during recess.

  4. recess(Verb)

    To inset into something, or to recede.

  5. recess(Verb)

    To take or declare a break.

  6. recess(Adjective)

    Remote, distant (in time or place).

    Thomas Salusbury: Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems: I should think it best in the subsequent discourses to begin to examine whether the Earth be esteemed immoveable, as it hath been till now believed by most men, or else moveable, as some ancient Philosophers held, and others of not very recesse times were of opinion;

  7. Origin: From Recessus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recess(noun)

    a withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat; as, the recess of the tides

  2. Recess(noun)

    the state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy

  3. Recess(noun)

    remission or suspension of business or procedure; intermission, as of a legislative body, court, or school

  4. Recess(noun)

    part of a room formed by the receding of the wall, as an alcove, niche, etc

  5. Recess(noun)

    a place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion

  6. Recess(noun)

    secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science

  7. Recess(noun)

    a sinus

  8. Recess(verb)

    to make a recess in; as, to recess a wall

  9. Recess(noun)

    a decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire

  10. Origin: [L. recessus, fr. recedere, recessum. See Recede.]


  1. Recess

    Recess is a general term for a period of time in which a group of people is temporarily dismissed from its duties. In parliamentary procedure, a recess is initiated by a motion to recess. It was invented by Bronson Alcott, who wanted his students to have active physical play and time to talk. In education, recess is the North American term for a daily period, typically ten to thirty minutes, in elementary school where students are allowed to leave the school's interior to enter its adjacent outdoor playground, where they can play on recreational equipment, such as seesaws and swing sets, or engage in activities such as basketball, dodgeball, or four square. Many middle schools also offer recess in an effort to provide students with a sufficient opportunity to consume quick snacks, communicate with their peers, visit the restroom, study, and/or other various activities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recess

    rē-ses′, n. a going back or withdrawing: retirement: seclusion: a period of remission of business: part of a room formed by a receding of the wall: a retired spot: a nook: a sinus or depressed par.—v.t. to make a recess in: to put into a recess.—adj. Recessed′, having a recess.—Recessed arch, one arch within another. [Recede.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recess in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of recess in a Sentence

  1. Ajit Pai:

    On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess.

  2. Fine Gael Brendan Griffin:

    The only opportunity for an orderly transition is the summer recess.

  3. Priscilla Sitienei:

    They call me gogo, we play in swings during recess, we talk, I like school.

  4. Dr. Thomas Arnold Bennett:

    No mind, however loving, could bear to see plainly into all the recess of another mind.

  5. President Barack Obama on Tuesday:

    I strongly urge them to work through this recess and identify a way to get this done, this needs to get done.

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  • تجويفArabic
  • Nische, Pause, Vertiefung, Winkel, Ferien, Aushöhlung, UnterbrechungGerman
  • receso, recreoSpanish
  • افتادنPersian
  • syvennys, välituntiFinnish
  • pause, vacances, récréation, récréFrench
  • zug, szünet, szünidő, mélyedésHungarian
  • pausa, ferie, incavo, recessoItalian
  • 休み時間, 休暇, 休憩時間, 休業, 休憩をとる, ゆとり, あそびをとる, あそびJapanese
  • recessusLatin
  • recesDutch
  • recesso, recreioPortuguese
  • pauză, vacanțăRomanian
  • углубление, каникулы, перемена, перерыв, углублятьRussian
  • rast, mån, paus, spel, lov, skollov, utrymmeSwedish
  • girik, mola, oyuk, paydos, çukur, boşluk, niş, tātil, girinti, ara, yuva, teneffüsTurkish
  • یاد رکھناUrdu

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