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English noun: recess

1. recess (state) a state of abeyance or suspended business


Broader (hypernym)abeyance, suspension

2. recess (shape) a small concavity

Synonymscorner, niche, recession

Broader (hypernym)concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature

Narrower (hyponym)pharyngeal recess

3. recess (object) an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)


Broader (hypernym)body of water, water

Narrower (hyponym)cove, fiord, fjord, loch

Instance hyponymBristol Channel, Gulf of Aegina, Saronic Gulf, White Sea, Zuider Zee

Part meronymlake, sea

4. recess (artifact) an enclosure that is set back or indented


Broader (hypernym)enclosure

Narrower (hyponym)alcove, apse, apsis, bay, cinerarium, columbarium, fireplace, hearth, mihrab, open fireplace

5. recess (act) a pause from doing something (as work)

SamplesWe took a 10-minute break.
He took time out to recuperate.

Synonymsbreak, respite, time out

Broader (hypernym)pause

Narrower (hyponym)spring break

English verb: recess

1. recess (contact) put into a recess

SamplesRecess lights.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

2. recess (contact) make a recess in

SamplesRecess the piece of wood.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)indent

3. recess (change) close at the end of a session

SamplesThe court adjourned.

Synonymsadjourn, break up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cease, end, finish, stop, terminate

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