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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
recess
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
dark
▪ Something scuttled away into some dark recess.
▪ Smells whose memory had been hidden in the darkest recesses of my mind assailed my nostrils.
▪ But it took some getting at, the core of the physical jungle, the dark and deepest recess of organic shame.
▪ The words shrieked like tormented ghosts in the dark recesses of Mowbray's soul.
▪ One spell had indeed leapt from the crackling pages and lodged itself in the dark recesses of his brain.
▪ He stared into the dark recesses of the room.
deep
▪ But it took some getting at, the core of the physical jungle, the dark and deepest recess of organic shame.
▪ The Stud was in the deepest recesses of the West Village.
▪ He descended into the deep recesses of her neck where it was scented sweetly and so warm.
▪ One or two even offer niches which are simply surface-mounted; the projecting plasterwork frames a shallow but deceptively deep recess.
▪ In its deepest recesses, Hellhole Bay and Warnbaw Swarrip, there were virgin stands of tupelo and bald cypress.
■ NOUN
summer
▪ Those taxes imposed annually must be authorised by the Finance Act normally passed just before the summer recess.
▪ But then the justices, in turn, would have to accelerate their process to decide the case before their summer recess.
▪ It was due to announce its decision by mid-1992, prior to its summer recess.
▪ The report will be debated in the House of Lords after the summer recess.
▪ Over the next few weeks thousands of undergraduates will pour into the city after the summer recess looking for somewhere to live.
▪ Also, Parliament had risen for the summer recess on the previous day.
■ VERB
return
▪ Will the Foreign Secretary keep the House informed and perhaps make a statement when the House returns after the recess?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Congress's two-week Easter recess
▪ Congress will return in January from its holiday recess.
▪ One of the lawyers asked the judge for a recess.
▪ The Bill was brought before the House of Commons and passed before the summer recess.
▪ The House is in recess until January 22nd, when it will vote on the Bill.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Bush got a significant boost in the final days before the recess from two votes in the House of Representatives.
▪ For instance, you could create two groups of miniatures in the recesses on either side of a fireplace.
▪ He led Owen into a recess behind a recess.
▪ If fitting your blind inside a window recess you will need to measure the full recess width and depth.
▪ We will run them during recesses, during the luncheon recess, and all night when we recess at four each afternoon.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The judge recessed the trial for two hours.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Congress was scheduled to recess for Easter and Passover on Friday.
▪ Downlighters can also be recessed into ceilings, to create atmospheric pools of light on the surface below.
▪ It was a heavily padded room, its walls covered with recessed handholds.
▪ Mount them on or recess them into a ceiling or down the side of a wall.
▪ Newer recessed fixtures are labeled no-clearance and can be insulated over.
▪ Then she races to recess with her new friend.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Recess

Recess \Re*cess"\ (r[-e]*s[e^]s"), n. [L. recessus, fr. recedere, recessum. See Recede.]

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

    Every degree of ignorance being so far a recess and degradation from rationality.
    --South.

    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.

    Departure from this happy place, our sweet Recess, and only consolation left.
    --Milton.

  6. Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science; the deepest recesses of the mind.
    --I. Watts.

  7. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) A sinus.

Recess

Recess \Re*cess"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recessed; p. pr. & vb. n. Recessing.] To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall.

Recess

Recess \Re*cess"\, n. [G.] A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
--Brande & C.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
recess

1530s, "act of receding," from Latin recessus "a going back, retreat," from recessum, past participle of recedere "to recede" (see recede). Meaning "hidden or remote part" first recorded 1610s; that of "period of stopping from usual work" is from 1620s, probably from parliamentary notion of "recessing" into private chambers.

recess

1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.

Wiktionary
recess
  1. (context obsolete rare English) Remote, distant (in time or place). n. 1 (context countable or uncountable English) A break, pause or vacation. 2 An inset, hole, space or opening. 3 (context US English) A time of play, usually, on a playground. 4 A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire. 5 (context archaic English) A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat. 6 (context archaic English) The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy. 7 (context archaic English) A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion. 8 A secret or abstruse part. 9 (context botany zoology English) A sinus. v

  2. 1 To inset into something, or to recede. 2 (context intransitive English) To take or declare a break. 3 (context transitive informal English) To appoint, with a recess appointment. 4 To make a recess in.

WordNet
recess
  1. n. a state of abeyance or suspended business [syn: deferral]

  2. a small concavity [syn: recession, niche, corner]

  3. an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands) [syn: inlet]

  4. an enclosure that is set back or indented [syn: niche]

  5. a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate" [syn: respite, break, time out]

  6. v. put into a recess; "recess lights"

  7. make a recess in; "recess the piece of wood"

  8. close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned" [syn: adjourn, break up]

Wikipedia
Recess (TV series)

Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere (credited as "Paul and Joe") and produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, with animation done by Grimsaem, Plus One Animation, Sunwoo Animation, and Toon City. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates and teachers. The title refers to the period of time during the school day in which children are not in lessons and are outside in the schoolyard, in North American society. During recess, the children form their own society, complete with government and a class structure, set against the backdrop of a regular school.

In 2001, Walt Disney Pictures released a theatrical film based on the series, Recess: School's Out. It was followed by a direct-to-video second film entitled Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street that same year. In 2003, two more direct-to-video films were released: Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Recess: All Growed Down. The characters also made an appearance in a 2006 episode of Disney's Lilo & Stitch: The Series.

Recess premiered on ABC on August 31, 1997, as part of the One Saturday Morning block (later known as ABC Kids). Beginning on September 11, 1999, it also began airing on UPN as part of its block, Disney's One Too. The series ended on November 15, 2001, with 65 episodes and six seasons in total. The success and lasting appeal of the series saw it being syndicated to numerous channels, notably Toon Disney, Disney Channel, and Disney XD.

Recess (break)

Recess is a general term for a period in which a group of people are temporarily dismissed from their duties. Some jurisdictions make it a legal requirement, that all children who attend school must have this break or recess. Bronson Alcott, who wanted his students to have active physical play and time to talk, is considered to be one of its first supporters.

In education, recess is the American term (known as "lunch" or "break" in the UK and Ireland, also recognized as recess in Australia and Canada where it is a much smaller break period where students have a mid morning snack and play before having lunch after a few more lessons, or "interval" or "morning tea" in New Zealand) 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 a recess to provide students with a sufficient opportunity to consume quick snacks, communicate with their peers, visit the restroom, study, and various other activities.

In parliamentary procedure, an assembly may take a recess, which may be done by a motion to do so.

Recess

Recess may refer to:

  • Recess (break), a break period
  • Recess (Holy Roman Empire), the official record of decisions of an Imperial Diet
  • Recess, County Galway, a village
  • Alcove, an architectural term for part of a room
  • Epitympanic recess, part of the Middle ear
Recess (album)

Recess is the debut studio album by American electronic music producer Skrillex, released on March 14, 2014 by OWSLA, Big Beat Records, and Atlantic Records. It was recorded between 2013 and 2014 whilst Skrillex was touring around the world.

Recess received mixed reviews from music critics. It charted in multiple countries worldwide and became his highest charting release in the United States and the United Kingdom. Rolling Stone later ranked it at number 22 on their 50 Best Albums of 2014 list.

Recess (Holy Roman Empire)

A Recess in the Holy Roman Empire was the document detailing all the decisions made by an Imperial Diet.

Until 1654, a Diet began, in addition to ceremonial rituals, with the reading of the Imperial Proposition—the agenda predetermined by the Emperor—and ended with the decisions being read by the Emperor and ratified, the Recess.

The last such Recess is called the Youngest Recess and contains the resolutions of the 1653/54 Diet of Regensburg.

Since the Perpetual Diet of Regensburg which began in 1663 was never formally concluded, its decisions could not be collected as a Recess. They were therefore issued in the form of so-called Imperial Conclusions (Reichsschlüsse). Ratification of these conclusions was usually carried out by the Emperor's representative in the Reichstag, the Principal Commissioner, in the form of an Imperial Commissioner's decree.

Recess (song)

"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.

Usage examples of "recess".

A little higher up there are small areas of alluvium, or bottom land, in recesses and coves in the walls and generally only a foot or two above the stream bed.

Somewhere down deep in the dwindling recesses of my conscience a tiny voice was asking about the fates of the women and children inside Brut Adler.

This gave rise to much altercation and debate, especially among the lords, where the Earl of Chatham, Lord Camden, and others, who had long been the advocates of popular rights, vindicated the present exercise of royal prerogative, not on the plea of necessity but of right: arguing that a dispensing power was inherent in the crown, which might be exerted during the recess of parliament, but which expired whenever parliament reassembled.

But we were more interested in the recesses of Comptroller Bay, where our eyes eagerly sought out the three bights of land and centred on the midmost one, where the gathering twilight showed the dim walls of a valley extending inland.

He scanned the console, noting a recessed keyboard near his midriff, and tapped four of the keys.

After more aeons of descent I saw some side passages or burrows leading from unknown recesses of blackness to this shaft of nighted mystery.

By the time that an animal had reached, after numberless generations, the deepest recesses, disuse will on this view have more or less perfectly obliterated its eyes, and natural selection will often have effected other changes, such as an increase in the length of the antennae or palpi, as a compensation for blindness.

The panthan was glad that a sword hung at his side, and glad too that they were buried in the dim recesses of the pits and that there would be but a single antagonist, for time was precious.

They had replaced his recessed photoreceptors with extras from the repair kit Lando had included in the equipment pod, but several thud bugs had penetrated deep inside the skull casing, smashing circuit boards and detection mediums beyond all hope of repair.

His hips plunged down, ramming his hard prodder toward her cervix hidden in the warm recesses of her vagina.

When the improvised feast was over, Quarrington explored the recesses of the tiny hold and unearthed a lantern, which he proceeded to light and attach to the broken mast.

The water seeks out all the low places, and ramifies the interior, running away into lovely bays and lagoons, leaving slender tongues of land and picturesque islands, and bringing into the recesses of the land, to the remote country farms and settlements, the flavor of salt, and the fish and mollusks of the briny sea.

Behind the drapes, Tyson knew, was a large recessed area, the presbytery, where the high altar sat beneath a large cross.

The noise seemed to be coming from a large recessed alcove that lay ahead on the right.

The sarcophagus was recessed in a niche, obscured from this oblique angle.