recess (v.) Look up recess at Dictionary.com
1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.
recess (n.) Look up recess at Dictionary.com
1530s, "act of receding," from Latin recessus "a going back, retreat," from recessum, past participle of recedere "to recede" (see recede). Meaning "hidden or remote part" first recorded 1610s; that of "period of stopping from usual work" is from 1620s, probably from parliamentary notion of "recessing" into private chambers.