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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of recede.


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  • It boils up, at its head, in a quantity sufficient to form a stream of several paces in breadth, and is so hot at its source, that one cannot bear a finger in it for a moment; it gradually becomes cooler as it recedes from the fount and at its lower extremity is cold.

    Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • So the electric fly, as it turns horizontally, recedes from the direction of the points of the tangents, whether it be electrised with vitreous or resinous electricity; whereas if it was supposed to receive electricity, when electrised by resin, and to part with it when electrised by glass, it ought to revolve different ways; which also forciably opposes the theory of positive and negative electricity.

    Note XII

  • But when the call recedes into the distance, even readers who know nothing about habitat loss would be forgiven for thinking that something more than fields have been hollowed out and filled with darkness.

    Via Negativa

  • But this argument — one, when confined within reasonable limits, of unanswerable force — becomes more feeble and disputable in proportion as it recedes from the birthplace, as it were, of the religion.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Jonathan added: When all this current nonsense recedes, that is what will stand out.

    A Question of Honour

  • M. O'BRIEN: Let's -- before we get into the whole notion of the holidays here, let's just talk about what it's like three months after a disaster like this, because quite frankly, the coverage goes away, the media goes away, the attention kind of recedes, and the problems are still very real and present for those who are left behind.

    CNN Transcript Nov 29, 2005

  • As consumers stop spending, businesses stop investing, and the economy "recedes".

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • As consumers stop spending, businesses stop investing, and the economy "recedes".

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • Her ridiculousness recedes as she acknowledges romantic yearnings, thinks quiet thoughts about her mortality, considers her loneliness without self-pity and describes a moment of epiphany while sitting alone in a Paris park.

    'Descendants' Has the Genes of a Classic

  • "We expect this to continue as the situation continues to unfold, and eventually as the flood water recedes, when the process of assessment will begin in full force."

    Insurance Claims From Thai Floods to Run in Billions


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