Definition of recessional in English:


Line breaks: re|ces¦sion¦al
Pronunciation: /rɪˈsɛʃ(ə)n(ə)l


  • 1Relating to an economic recession: recessional times
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    • In addition, the recessional economy has created a more cautious buying environment.
    • This trend was due to lower outflows on services and other incomes earned because of the recessional conditions of the domestic economy, including the export sector.
    • Because it has diversified from gaming and tourism, Las Vegas is no longer immune to U.S. recessional trends, he said.
  • 2chiefly Astronomy Relating to or denoting motion away from the observer: astronomers measure an object’s recessional speed by observing its red shift
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    • Over three decades of such trials they have shown that the recessional speed of the Moon is about an inch and a half per year.
    • Typical recessional speed for Virgo cluster galaxies is about 1,200 kilometres/second.
    • So, in a nutshell, if a galaxy's peculiar velocity is toward us and larger than its Hubble recessional velocity, then its light will appear blueshifted.
  • 3 Geology (Of a moraine or other deposit) left during a pause in the retreat of a glacier or ice sheet.
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    • Thus beaches are correlated with recessional moraines, and the beach elevation remains the same until the ice barrier retreats to a position where a new lake outlet is exposed.
    • A substantial recessional moraine accumulated at the junction of the three tributary glaciers at this position.
    • Bogs and glacial recessional lake deposits frequently contain compressible deposits of peat and organic-rich silt.


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  • A hymn sung while the clergy and choir process out of church at the end of a service.
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    • Gail Smith, who has been active in church music, has assembled a useful group of pieces suitable for church or Sunday school preludes, offertories or recessionals.
    • The choir sang for processionals and recessionals and during church services.
    • Either of these two pieces could also be used immediately after the wedding recessional, while guests leave the Church.

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