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 (rē′sĕs′, rĭ-sĕs′)
a. A temporary cessation of the customary activities of an engagement, occupation, or pursuit: The chairman of the committee called for a recess until Thursday. See Synonyms at pause.
b. A period in the school day during which students are given time to play or relax.
2. often recesses A remote, secret, or secluded place: a bird that lives deep in the recesses of the forest.
a. An indentation or small hollow: Dirt accumulated in the recesses of the statue.
b. An alcove.
v. re·cessed, re·cess·ing, re·cess·es
1. To place in a recess.
2. To create or fashion a recess in: recessed a portion of the wall.
3. To suspend for a recess: The committee chair recessed the hearings.
To take a recess: The investigators recessed for lunch.

[Latin recessus, retreat, from past participle of recēdere, to recede; see recede1.]
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(Building) (of a door, window, etc) set into the surrounding wall
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.recessed - having a sunken area; "hunger gave their faces a sunken look"
hollow - not solid; having a space or gap or cavity; "a hollow wall"; "a hollow tree"; "hollow cheeks"; "his face became gaunter and more hollow with each year"
2.recessed - resembling an alcove
concave - curving inward
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