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Definition of recess:

  1. A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
  2. A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
  3. A sinus.
  4. A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat; as, the recess of the tides.
  5. Part of a room formed by the receding of the wall, as an alcove, niche, etc.
  6. Remission or suspension of business or procedure; intermission, as of a legislative body, court, or school.
  7. Secret or abstruse part; as, the difficulties and recesses of science.
  8. The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.
  9. To make a recess in; as, to recess a wall.

Synonyms:

breaking, cell, crock up, intake, disperse, decompose, pick, cut off, street corner, adjourn, fragment, dissipate, sever, severance, deferral, closet, break down, dispel, good luck, breakage, mouth, breakout, fragmentize, crutch, lull, breather, shift, ecological niche, faulting, prisonbreak, break-up, breach, geological fault, falling out, dissolve, withdraw, jailbreak, disrupt, hole, time-out, crypt, disruption, niche, separate, calve, corner, take apart, quoin, fracture, intermission, rest, crack up, recessional, break apart, abatement, rest period, part, fragmentise, dismantle, disassemble, continue, hollow, pigeonhole, resolve, fork, crack, rift, deferment, inlet, fault, retire, angle, open frame, split up, box, scatter, gaolbreak, halt, respite, split, cessation, crash, rupture, ceding back, recession, gap, coffee break, collapse, bay, ambush, break of serve, happy chance, receding, turning point, interim, interregnum, break, opening, prison-breaking, dent.

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