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Meaning of recess

re•cess

Pronunciation: (ri-ses', rē'ses), [key]
— n.
  1. temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
  2. a period of such withdrawal.
  3. a receding part or space, as a bay or alcove in a room.
  4. an indentation in a line or extent of coast, hills, forest, etc.
  5. a secluded or inner area or part: in the recesses of the palace.
—v.t.
  1. to place or set in a recess.
  2. to set or form as or like a recess; make a recess or recesses in: to recess a wall.
  3. to suspend or defer for a recess: to recess the Senate.
—v.i.
  1. to take a recess.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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