Part of speech: noun

A depression in a wall; niche.

Part of speech: noun

Cessation from employment; intermission.

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Usage examples "recess":

  1. There, in a black recess, crouched fear. - "The Pastor's Wife", Elizabeth von Arnim.
  2. If Senator Warren wished a recess he should have so stated before leaving the room. - "The Lost Despatch", Natalie Sumner Lincoln.
  3. The walls of the room were wainscotted to the height of four feet or so, but the recess was bare. - "Donal Grant", George MacDonald.