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Definition 1: a pause from doing something (as work) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where recess or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we took a 10-minute break
  • he took time out to recuperate

Synonyms for recess in the sense of this definition

(recess is a kind of ...) temporary inactivity

(... is a kind of recess ) a week or more of recess during the spring term at school

Definition 2: an enclosure that is set back or indented - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for recess in the sense of this definition

(recess is a kind of ...) a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose

(... is a kind of recess ) a small recess opening off a larger room

(... is a kind of recess ) a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar

(... is a kind of recess ) a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead

(... is a kind of recess ) an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built

"the fireplace was so large you could walk inside it" "he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it" "the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires"

(... is a kind of recess ) (Islam) a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca

Definition 3: an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands) - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for recess in the sense of this definition

(recess is a kind of ...) the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)

"they invaded our territorial waters" "they were sitting by the water's edge"

(... is a kind of recess ) a long narrow inlet of the sea in Scotland (especially when it is nearly landlocked)

(... is a kind of recess ) a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway

(... is a kind of recess ) a small inlet

(... is an instance of recess) an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean between southern Wales and southwestern England

(... is an instance of recess) a gulf of the Aegean on the southeastern coast of Greece

(... is an instance of recess) a large inlet of the Barents Sea in the northwestern part of European Russia

(... is an instance of recess) a former inlet of the North Sea in the northern coast of the Netherlands; sealed off from the sea in 1932 by a dam that created the IJsselmeer

(... is part of recess) a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land

(... is part of recess) a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land

Definition 4: a small concavity - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for recess in the sense of this definition

(recess is a kind of ...) a shape that curves or bends inward

(... is a kind of recess ) a small recess in the wall of the pharynx

Definition 5: a state of abeyance or suspended business - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for recess in the sense of this definition

(recess is a kind of ...) temporary cessation or suspension

Definition 6: close at the end of a session - [verb of change]

Samples where recess or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The court adjourned

Synonyms for recess in the sense of this definition

(recess is a kind of ...) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

"the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed" "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other" "My property ends by the bushes" "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

Definition 7: make a recess in - [verb of contact]

Samples where recess or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • recess the piece of wood

(recess is a kind of ...) notch the edge of or make jagged

Definition 8: put into a recess - [verb of contact]

Samples where recess or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • recess lights

(recess is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

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