• WordNet 3.6
    • v recess close at the end of a session "The court adjourned"
    • v recess make a recess in "recess the piece of wood"
    • v recess put into a recess "recess lights"
    • n recess a pause from doing something (as work) "we took a 10-minute break","he took time out to recuperate"
    • n recess an enclosure that is set back or indented
    • n recess an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
    • n recess a small concavity
    • n recess a state of abeyance or suspended business
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Recess A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
    • Recess A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion. "Departure from this happy place, our sweet Recess , and only consolation left."
    • Recess (Bot. & Zoöl) A sinus.
    • Recess 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.""My recess hath given them confidence that I may be conquered."
    • Recess Part of a room formed by the receding of the wall, as an alcove, niche, etc. "A bed which stood in a deep recess ."
    • Recess 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."
    • Recess Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science; the deepest recesses of the mind.
    • Recess The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy. "In the recess of the jury they are to consider the evidence.""Good verse recess and solitude requires."
    • v. t Recess To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recess The act of receding, or going back or away; withdrawal; retirement; recession.
    • n recess A state of being withdrawn or retired; seclusion; privacy.
    • n recess A time of withdrawal or retirement; an interval of release from occupation; specifically, a period of relief from attendance, as of a school, a jury, a legislative body, or other assembly; a temporary dismissal.
    • n recess A place of retirement or seclusion; a remote or secret spot or situation; a nook; hence, a hidden or abstruse part of anything: as, the recesses of a forest; the recesses of philosophy.
    • n recess A receding space or inward indentation or depression in a line of continuity; a niche, alcove, or the like: as, a recess in a room for a window or a bed; a recess in a wall or the side of a hill. See cut under ambry.
    • n recess A treaty, law, decree, or contract embodying the results of a negotiation; especially, a decree or law promulgated by tlie Diet of the old German empire, or by that of the Hanseatic League.
    • n recess In botany, a sinus of a lobed leaf.
    • n recess In anatomy and zoology, a receding or hollowedout part; a depression or sinus; a recessus.
    • n recess Synonyms Prorogation, Dissolution, etc. (see adjournment), intermission, respite.
    • n recess Retreat, nook, corner.
    • recess To make a recess in; form with a space sunk beyond the general surface: as, to recess a wall.
    • recess To place in a recess; form as a recess; make a recess of or for; hence, to conceal in or as if in a recess.
    • recess To take a recess; adjourn or separate for a short time: as, the convention recessed till the afternoon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Recess rē-ses′ a going back or withdrawing: retirement: seclusion: a period of remission of business: part of a room formed by a receding of the wall: a retired spot: a nook: a sinus or depressed par
    • v.t Recess to make a recess in: to put into a recess
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  • Harry S Truman
    “It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.”
  • Thomas A. Bennett
    Thomas A. Bennett
    “No mind, however loving, could bear to see plainly into all the recess of another mind.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. recessus, fr. recedere, recessum,. See Recede


In literature:

The first porch was Norman, of four orders depth, with detached shafts in the recesses.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
The pilgrimages of father and son to the recesses of that dark, damp cellar became frequent.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
He mounted the ladder quickly, and peered into the dark of the unlighted recess.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
And now on every side, at the rear and along the walls of the recess, were evidences of human habitation.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
The love affair would be all over school by morning recess.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Then the larger ones were dismissed for recess.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He is every wooing us into the inner recesses of friendship with Himself.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
In addition to these water sources, the builders collected and stored the drainage of the mesa summit near the southern gap or recess.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
But surely in the thickness of the wall there must be here and there recesses?
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893" by Various
Probing into the misty recesses of his memory, he found tantalizing hints and traces, and fragments of pictures.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Here is Mummy Hall; so called because several mummies have been found seated in recesses of the rock.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
Save the deep recess of the fireplace itself, there was no sign above or below of any hiding-place.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
The moonlight showed a wooden bench fitted into a recess in the wall.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
And his soul seemed to shrink back, as if into the recesses of the shell from which it had been peeping.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Such was recess talk.
"The Old Castle and Other Stories" by Anonymous
The door opened, but all was dark within the recess.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
A "BOUND" door or box lid is said to be hinge-bound when the recess which contains the hinge is cut too deep.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham
There was a ten-minute recess before lessons began.
"Phyllis" by Dorothy Whitehill
On coming in from recess this same day, Emmy Lou found the pencil on her desk again, the beautiful new pencil in the gilded paper.
"Americans All" by Various
The candle, burning at moments steadily and at moments flickering, threw its uncertain rays into the recess where the wounded rustler lay.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman

In poetry:

O what a joyous joyous day
Is that on which we come
At the recess from school away,
Each lad to his own home!
"The Journey From School And To School" by Charles Lamb
On the steep mountains' breast, where shadows oft rest,
An' burnies are tumblin' down, and down;
In that deep recess, there's ane we can guess,
That is heir to our ain Scottish crown.
"Gathering Song" by Carolina Oliphant
But the soft Spring sky bends o'er thee,
As thou goest to thy rest,
And Mount Auburn's green recesses
Soon in beauty will be drest;
And with waving leaves and blossoms,
Welcome in their lovely guest.
"On The Death Of Mrs, N. P. Willis" by Anne C Lynch
Yes! ye have heard, and ye have seen,
The Wise,—the Great,—the Holy,
Will ever be what He hath been,
The refuge of the lowly;
Who from the depth of prayer's recess,
Seek strength from His almightiness.
"God our Strength" by John Bowring
TELL me, ye Zephyrs! that unfold,
While fluttering o'er this gay Recess,
Pinions that fanned the teeming mould
Of Eden's blissful wilderness,
Did only softly-stealing hours
There close the peaceful lives of flowers?
"A Flower Garden At Coleorton Hall, Leicestershire." by William Wordsworth
I see him come from far,
And, sick with hopelessness, Invoke some kindly star,—
I see him come, no less. Is there no sure recess Where hunted men may lie?
Ye gods, it is too hard! I feel his glittering eye,—
Defend us from The Bard!
"The Ballad[e] Of The Bore" by Henry Austin Dobson

In news:

How the Obama administration is misreading the recession.
Douglas was losing hospitality jobs before recession.
In the depths of the Great Recession that threatened their existence, automakers built better vehicles.
It took awhile, but the recession has definitely sunk its teeth into Google's financial performance.
The financial crisis and subsequent global recession have led to much soul-searching among economists, the vast majority of whom never saw it coming.
Geary Brown, a trucker, saw his monthly mortgage payment shoot up from $1,800 to $2,800 around the time the recession hit.
NoVa's poor have been hurt disproportionately by recession, new economic analysis says.
We're in the midst of a full-on recession.
The last two years of deep recession have forced many executives in the healthcare sector to take drastic steps to curb costs.
Drive Home MBL Message During Senate Recess.
This was the kind of event I expected to be really slow during the Great Recession.
Bean Cuts Costs as Remedy for Recession.
The recession has had a powerful effect on the American state of mind.
Trade-down Activity in Recession-hit Markets.
As a newlywed in 1973, during a pretty deep recession, I got a job as a spray painter at the Raytheon factory in Waltham.

In science:

The photomultiplier was then clamped to a support upon an isolated optical table. A beam from an 80 mW diode-pumped YAG laser at 532 nm was directed at the center of the foil covered recessed photomultiplier face.
Experimental test of magnetic photons
The slope of the relation between the distance and recession velocity is defined to be the Hubble constant H0 .
The Cosmological Parameters
Thus, when a genetic model is between the recessive and additive models inclusive, MAX2 and MERT should be used.
Comparison of robust tests for genetic association using case-control studies
When the genetic model is known (e.g., recessive, dominant or additive model), the optimal Cochran-Armitage trend test with the appropriate choice of x is more powerful than the chi-squared test with 2 df for testing an association.
Comparison of robust tests for genetic association using case-control studies
However, for sexual reproduction most mutations are recessive, i.e. the reduce the survival probability if and only if both bits are set at the same place in the two bit-strings.
The Penna Model of Biological Aging
This involved tracing the expansion history of the Universe by combining measurements of the recession velocity, apparent brightness and distance estimations.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
This is only half of the story, though, because we also need to associate a recession velocity (or redshift z to each supernova), get rid of nuisance parameters (if possible), and formulate one’s preferred model and test it.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
We present an analysis of the star formation properties of field galaxies within the local volume out to a recession velocity limit of 3000 km s−1 .
The H alpha Galaxy Survey. IV. Star formation in the local Universe
Recession velocities are available on the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) for all UGC galaxies that satisfy the diameter, apparent magnitude and type requirements for our parent sample.
The H alpha Galaxy Survey. IV. Star formation in the local Universe
There is one frustrating exception, UGC 4413, which is just large and bright enough for conclusion, but has no measured recession velocity on NED.
The H alpha Galaxy Survey. IV. Star formation in the local Universe
Overall, it can be considered that there is no incompleteness in the current sample due to missing recession velocities.
The H alpha Galaxy Survey. IV. Star formation in the local Universe
Mathematically, this is done by numerically weighting each of the parent sample galaxies by (1/Vm ), where Vm is the size in Mpc3 of the volume in which the galaxy could lie and still be included in our sample, satisfying the apparent magnitude, diameter and recession velocity criteria.
The H alpha Galaxy Survey. IV. Star formation in the local Universe
There are three selection limits applicable to the parent sample (apparent magnitude, diameter and recession velocity), each of which leads to constraints on the distance range within which a galaxy must lie to be included in the sample.
The H alpha Galaxy Survey. IV. Star formation in the local Universe
These differences arise because galaxy recession velocities include components from both the Hubble flow and peculiar velocities from the motions of galaxies in comoving space.
Reconstructing the history of structure formation using redshift distortions
But] “the unexpected and truly remarkable features are introduced by the additional assumption that redshifts [actually do] measure recession.
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters