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Recess

In the practice of courts, a brief interval during which all business is suspended without an adjournment.

A recess in legislative practice is an interval of time between sessions of the same continuous body, as opposed to the period between the final adjournment of one legislative body and the convening of another at the next regular session.

recess

n. a break in a trial or other court proceedings or a legislative session until a date and time certain. Recess is not to be confused with "adjournment" which winds up the proceedings.

recess

noun break, cessation, halt, hiatus, interim, intermission, interruption, interval, intervening peeiod, lull, pause, repose, respite, rest, spell, stop, stoppage, time out, vacation, withdrawal

recess

verb adjourn, break, break up, dissolve, halt, hesitate, intermit, interrupt, lay off, pause, postpone, relax, rest, retire, stop, suspend, take a recess, take a rest, take time out, vacation, withdraw
Associated concepts: recess the court
See also: abeyance, absence, adjourn, adjournment, break, cloture, continue, defer, discontinuance, discontinue, extension, furlough, halt, hiatus, holiday, interruption, interval, lapse, leave, lull, moratorium, pause, pendency, remission, respite, rest
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The hermit was apparently somewhat moved to compassion by the anxiety as well as address which the stranger displayed in tending his horse; for, muttering something about provender left for the keeper's palfrey, he dragged out of a recess a bundle of forage, which he spread before the knight's charger, and immediately afterwards shook down a quantity of dried fern in the corner which he had assigned for the rider's couch.
Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior recess, in depth about four feet in width three, in height six or seven.
He is haunted from out the crumbled palaces of vanished kings, where "in the form of blue flames one sees spirits moving through each dark recess.
As if planted on purpose for him, there soon appeared a little tuft of maples, with a delightful recess in the midst, and such a fresh bubbling spring that it seemed never to have sparkled for any wayfarer but David Swan.
Laurence sat in a recess near the book-ease, reading, not for the first time, the Midsummer Night's Dream.
In front of this place lay a pile of earth, which had evidently been taken from the recess, and part of which was yet fresh.
Without the recess are curtains of an exceedingly rich crimson silk, fringed with a deep network of gold, and lined with silver tissue, which is the material of the exterior blind.
The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.
They were going into a tiny recess behind a partition to change, but found it completely filled by three officers who sat playing cards by the light of a solitary candle on an empty box, and these officers would on no account yield their position.
He reached his destination unnoticed, and, running in beneath the dock, worked the boat far into the dark recess of the cave-like retreat.
A great root of the giant tree against whose trunk I leaned as I sat held inclosed in its grasp a slab of stone, a part of which protruded into a recess formed by another root.
She then led the way to an arched recess on our right hand, beyond which I dimly discerned a broad flight of oaken stairs.