Definition of refection in US English:



  • 1Refreshment by food or drink.

    ‘the peaceful hours of the sacred night demand refection’
    • ‘Undaunted, he asked what was the very best that the local area had to offer by way of refection.’
    • ‘Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashana offers hope, refection and plenty of food for thought’
    • ‘I may add that in composing this masterpiece I have not spent or wasted more leisure than is required for my bodily refection - food and drink to you!’
    evening snack
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    1. 1.1 A meal, especially a light one.
      • ‘More important, the figures may be interpreted as another reference to Fernando I's intercession at Cluny, where part of his commemoration involved serving to the monks a full refection of fish and honeyed spiced wine.’
      meal, lunch, dinner, supper, repast
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    2. 1.2Zoology The eating of partly digested fecal pellets, as practiced by rabbits.
      • ‘Also, rabbits and hares practise refection, which is essentially the same principle as rumination, and does indeed ‘raise up what has been swallowed’.’
      • ‘This is a general article which tells about the lapine practice of refection.’
      • ‘Do Rabbits Chew Their Cud? - this is another view, noting that some biologists do classify refection as a type of rumination.’


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin refectio(n-), from reficere ‘renew’ (see refectory).