recession-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: a period of, at least two consecutive quarters, negative economic growth

Commentary: RECESSION[+state][+expansion][+negative][+economic]

The last recession lasted more than two years.
New England saw a loss of jobs during the recession.
The boom was followed by a recession followed by another boom.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a small, physical concavity

Commentary: RECESSION[+form][+concavity][+small]

The scar formed an inch-long recession on his cheek.
The freezing and thawing has caused recessions in the ground.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a ceremonial march of withdrawing, opposite of a procession

Commentary: RECESSION[+action][+withdrawal][+ceremonial]

We arrived at the cathedral just in time to see the recession of the clergy and choir.
The organist played a different melody during the recession of the graduating class.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: the act of relinquishing something, ceding back

Commentary: RECESSION[+action][+relinquish][+ownership]

The treaty forced the country's recession of the border territory back to the neighboring state.
The judge ordered the recession of publishing rights back to the author.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: act of becoming distant, moving away from

Commentary: RECESSION[+action][+movement][+away]

Mars is in recession currently.
The recession of other galaxies from ours is indicated by their red shift.
Poor dental hygiene may lead to recession of the gums. (move farther from teeth)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5