recesses; recessed; recessing

Recess is a break from doing something, like work or school. Almost everyone looks forward to taking a recess — even if you don't have access to monkey bars.

Recess comes from the Latin word recessus, meaning "a going back, retreat." You may have heard children talking about recess as their favorite part of school. This meaning of the word refers to the break in a school day for children to play, usually outside in a playground. As a verb, recess means to take a break at the end of a session — usually in a court proceeding: "The judge announced the court would recess until the following day."

Definitions of recess
  1. noun
    a state of abeyance or suspended business
    synonyms: deferral
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    abeyance, suspension
    temporary cessation or suspension
  2. noun
    a pause from doing something (as work)
    synonyms: break, respite, time out
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    spring break
    a week or more of recess during the spring term at school
    type of:
    temporary inactivity
  3. noun
    a break in the school day for play or relaxation
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    break, respite, time out
    a pause from doing something (as work)
  4. verb
    close at the end of a session
    synonyms: adjourn, break up
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    type of:
    cease, end, finish, stop, terminate
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  5. noun
    a small concavity
    synonyms: corner, niche, recession
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    pharyngeal recess
    a small recess in the wall of the pharynx
    type of:
    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
    a shape that curves or bends inward
  6. noun
    an enclosure that is set back or indented
    synonyms: niche
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    alcove, bay
    a small recess opening off a larger room
    apse, apsis
    a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar
    cinerarium, columbarium
    a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead
    fireplace, hearth, open fireplace
    an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
    (Islam) a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca
    carrel, carrell, cubicle, stall
    small individual study area in a library
    a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
    the apse of a Christian church that contains the bishop's throne
    type of:
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  7. noun
    an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
    synonyms: inlet
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    Bristol Channel
    an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean between southern Wales and southwestern England
    Gulf of Aegina
    a gulf of the Aegean on the southeastern coast of Greece
    White Sea
    a large inlet of the Barents Sea in the northwestern part of European Russia
    Zuider Zee
    a former inlet of the North Sea in the northern coast of the Netherlands; sealed off from the sea in 1932 by a dam that created the IJsselmeer
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    a small inlet
    fiord, fjord
    a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway
    a long narrow inlet of the sea in Scotland (especially when it is nearly landlocked)
    a long narrow (nearly landlocked) cove in Ireland
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    body of water, water
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
  8. verb
    make a recess in
    recess the piece of wood”
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    notch the edge of or make jagged
  9. verb
    put into a recess
    recess lights”
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
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