A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat; as, the recess of the tides.
- A temporary cessation of the customary activities of an engagement, occupation, or pursuit.
- The period of such cessation. See Synonyms at pause.
- A remote, secret, or secluded place. Often used in the plural.
- An indentation or small hollow.
- An alcove.
- To place in a recess.
- To create or fashion a recess in: recessed a portion of the wall.
- To suspend for a recess: The committee chair recessed the hearings.
- To take a recess: The investigators recessed for lunch.