What does recess mean?

Definitions for recess
rɪˈsɛs, ˈri sɛsre·cess

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deferral, recessnoun

    a state of abeyance or suspended business

  2. recess, recession, niche, cornernoun

    a small concavity

  3. inlet, recessnoun

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

  4. recess, nichenoun

    an enclosure that is set back or indented

  5. respite, recess, break, time outverb

    a pause from doing something (as work)

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

  6. recessverb

    put into a recess

    "recess lights"

  7. recessverb

    make a recess in

    "recess the piece of wood"

  8. adjourn, recess, break upverb

    close at the end of a session

    "The court adjourned"


  1. Recessnoun

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

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


  1. recessnoun

    A break, pause or vacation.

    Spring recess offers a good chance to travel.

    Etymology: From Recessus.

  2. recessnoun

    An inset, hole, space or opening.

    Put a generous recess behind the handle for finger space.

    Etymology: From Recessus.

  3. recessnoun

    A time of play, usually, on a playground.

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

    Etymology: From Recessus.

  4. recessverb

    To inset into something, or to recede.

    Etymology: From Recessus.

  5. recessverb

    To take or declare a break.

    Etymology: From Recessus.

  6. recessadjective

    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;

    Etymology: From Recessus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recessnoun

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

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

  2. Recessnoun

    the state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy

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

  3. Recessnoun

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

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

  4. Recessnoun

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

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

  5. Recessnoun

    a place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion

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

  6. Recessnoun

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

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

  7. Recessnoun

    a sinus

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

  8. Recessverb

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

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

  9. Recessnoun

    a decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire

    Etymology: [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. President Barack Obama on Friday:

    Congress needs to get me a bill. It needs to get me a bill that has sufficient funds to do the job. They should not be going off on recess before this is done.

  2. Elise Stefanik:

    I thought I had timed this perfectly for August recess with things would be a little bit quieter and I would be home and being able to be out in my community, but take it a little bit easier. Obviously, that is not what happened.

  3. Senate Budget:

    We have work to do, everybody is coming back from the August recess. It's our chance to square off, see one another eyeball-to-eyeball but try to work out our differences. But there are clearly differences.

  4. Mitch McConnells:

    Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the President's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled, senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the President's nominees.

  5. Lorrene Ritchie:

    Only a few subgroups of fourth and fifth grade students at elementary schools with recess before lunch had higher intakes of fruits and vegetables – for most students the order made no difference.

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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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    lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
    • A. trigger
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