What does recess mean?

Definitions for recess
rɪˈsɛs, ˈri sɛsre·cess

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word recess.

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.


  1. recessnoun

    A break, pause or vacation.

    Spring recess offers a good chance to travel.

  2. recessnoun

    An inset, hole, space or opening.

    Put a generous recess behind the handle for finger space.

  3. recessnoun

    A time of play, usually, on a playground.

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

  4. recessverb

    To inset into something, or to recede.

  5. recessverb

    To take or declare a break.

  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;

  7. Etymology: From Recessus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recessnoun

    Etymology: recessus, Latin.

    What tumults could not do, an army must; my recess hath given them confidence that I may be conquered. Charles I .

    Fair Thames she haunts, and ev’ry neighb’ring grove,
    Sacred to soft recess and gentle love. Matthew Prior.

    We come into the world, and know not how; we live in it in a self-nescience, and go hence again, and are as ignorant of our recess. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    This happy place, our sweet
    Recess, and only consolation left. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The deep recesses of the grove he gain’d. Dryden.

    I wish that a crowd of bad writers do not rush into the quiet of your recesses. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    In the imperial chamber, the proctors have a florin taxed and allowed them for every substantial recess. John Ayliffe.

    The great seraphick lords and cherubim,
    In close recess, and secret conclave sat. John Milton.

    In the recess of the jury, they are to consider their evidence. Matthew Hale.

    On both sides they made rather a kind of recess, than a breach of treaty, and concluded upon a truce. Francis Bacon.

    I conceived this parliament would find work, with convenient recesses, for the first three years. Charles I .

    Whatsoever sign the sun possessed, whose recess or vicinity defineth the quarters of the year, those of our seasons were actually existent. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Good verse, recess and solitude requires;
    And ease from cares, and undisturb’d desires. Dryden.

    In their mysteries, and most secret recesses, and adyta of their religion, their heathen priests betrayed and led their votaries into all the most horrid unnatural sins. Henry Hammond.

    Every scholar should acquaint himself with a superficial scheme of all the sciences, yet there is no necessity for every man of learning to enter into their difficulties and deep recesses. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.


  1. Recess

    Recess is a song by American record producers Skrillex and Kill the Noise, featuring vocals from Fatman Scoop and Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos. It was released on March 14, 2014 as part of Skrillex's debut studio album Recess (2014). It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 57 after being added to BBC Radio 1's rotation. On May 15, 2014, the song was confirmed as the album's second single. Soon after, a teaser video for the single was released on Skrillex's YouTube channel on July 3, 2014. The song was released as a single on July 7, 2014, alongside remixes from Flux Pavilion, Milo and Otis, Valentino Khan and Ape Drums.


  1. recess

    Recess is a period of time when activities are temporarily suspended or paused, often related to work, school or court proceedings. It can also refer to a small space created by building part of a wall further back from the rest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recessnoun

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

  2. Recessnoun

    the state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy

  3. Recessnoun

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

  4. Recessnoun

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

  5. Recessnoun

    a place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion

  6. Recessnoun

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

  7. Recessnoun

    a sinus

  8. Recessverb

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

  9. Recessnoun

    a decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire

  10. 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.]

Anagrams for recess »

  1. screes

  2. cesser

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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. Senator Allen:

    A recess coalition of very concerned citizens — Christine Davis and Scott Turner -- are two individuals that came to see me. They had been trying to work with school districts that were not providing recess and they were n’t getting anywhere. As I thought about it, I thought,' Well goodness, these kids need a break.'.

  2. House Republican:

    No normal American cares whether a health care bill passes before the Easter recess or the Memorial Day recess or any other recess, they don't care that we get health care done fast. They care that we get it done right.

  3. Frank Peirce of Nashville:

    What? Is that a real thing? They’re ruining the best part of a kid’s day, recess is so important because it teaches kids how to interact socially with one another, without adults being directly involved. Recess should be a part of the day where kids get to learn on their own.

  4. Dr. Thomas Arnold Bennett:

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

  5. Frank Peirce of Nashville:

    Recess is so important because it teaches kids how to interact socially with one another, without adults being directly involved. Recess should be a part of the day where kids get to learn on their own.

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  • تجويفArabic
  • výklenekCzech
  • Aushöhlung, Nische, Ferien, Unterbrechung, Winkel, Pause, VertiefungGerman
  • recreo, recesoSpanish
  • افتادنPersian
  • syvennys, välituntiFinnish
  • vacances, récréation, pause, récréFrench
  • zug, mélyedés, szünet, szünidőHungarian
  • ferie, incavo, recesso, pausaItalian
  • 休業, 休み時間, ゆとり, 休暇, あそびをとる, 休憩時間, あそび, 休憩をとるJapanese
  • recessusLatin
  • recesDutch
  • recesso, recreioPortuguese
  • pauză, vacanțăRomanian
  • перерыв, каникулы, перемена, углублять, углублениеRussian
  • utrymme, rast, skollov, mån, lov, spel, pausSwedish
  • ara, girik, mola, oyuk, paydos, çukur, boşluk, niş, teneffüs, tātil, yuva, girintiTurkish
  • یاد رکھناUrdu

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