noun[mass noun] • literary
- 1Refreshment by food or drink: the peaceful hours of the sacred night demand refectionMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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).
More definitions of refectionDefinition of refection in:
- The US English dictionary