(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (obsolete, rare) Remote, distant (in time or place).

- Thomas Salusbury: Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems: I should think it best in the subsequent discourses to begin to examine whether the Earth be esteemed immoveable, as it hath been till now believed by most men, or else moveable, as some ancient Philosophers held, and others of not very recesse times were of opinion;


1. a state of abeyance or suspended business

Similar word(s): deferral

Definition categories: state, abeyance, suspension

2. a small concavity

Similar word(s): corner, niche, recession

Definition categories: shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature

3. an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)

Similar word(s): inlet

Definition categories: object, water

4. an enclosure that is set back or indented

Similar word(s): niche

Definition categories: man–made, enclosure

5. a pause from doing something (as work)

Similar word(s): break, respite

Definition categories: act, pause

Sentences with recess as a noun:

- Spring recess offers a good chance to travel.

- Put a generous recess behind the handle for finger space.

- Students who do not listen in class will not play outside during recess.

- the recess of the tides


1. put into a recess

- recess lights

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

2. make a recess in

- recess the piece of wood

Definition categories: contact, indent

3. close at the end of a session

Similar word(s): adjourn

Definition categories: change, cease, end, finish, stop, terminate

Sentences with recess as a verb:

- Wow, look at how that gargoyle recesses into the rest of architecture.

- Recess the screw so it does not stick out.

- This court shall recess for its normal two hour lunch now.

- Class will recess for 20 minutes.

- to recess a wall