Definition of refection in English:


Line breaks: re|fec¦tion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈfɛkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun] literary
1Refreshment by food or drink: the peaceful hours of the sacred night demand refection
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  • 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!
  • Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashana offers hope, refection and plenty of food for thought
  • Undaunted, he asked what was the very best that the local area had to offer by way of refection.
1.1 [count noun] A light meal.
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  • 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.
1.2 Zoology The eating of partly digested faecal pellets, as practised by rabbits.
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  • 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).

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