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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 The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.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.


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