Recess

Definition of Recess

Re`cess´   Pronunciation: rė`sĕs´
n.1.A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat; as, the recess of the tides.
My recess hath given them confidence that I may be conquered.
- Eikon Basilike.
2.The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.
In the recess of the jury they are to consider the evidence.
- Sir M. Hale.
Good verse recess and solitude requires.
- Dryden.
3.Remission or suspension of business or procedure; intermission, as of a legislative body, court, or school; as, the children were allowed to play in the school yard during recess.
The recess of . . . Parliament lasted six weeks.
- Macaulay.
4.Part of a room formed by the receding of the wall, as an alcove, niche, etc.
A bed which stood in a deep recess.
- W. Irving.
5.A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
6.Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science; the deepest recesses of the mind.
7.(Bot. & Zool.) A sinus.
v. t.1.To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall.
[imp. & p. p. Recessed; p. pr. & vb. n. Recessing.]
n.1.A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.

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