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1. Refreshment with food and drink.
2. A light meal or repast.
3. Reingestion of fecal material to obtain nutrients, as is practiced by rabbits and rats.
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refreshment with food and drink
[C14: from Latin refectiō a restoring, from reficere to remake, from re- + facere to make]
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(rɪˈfɛk ʃən)

1. the act of being refreshed, esp. with food or drink.
2. a portion of food or drink; repast.
[1300–50; Middle English refeccioun < Latin refectiō restoration =refec-, variant s. of reficere (see refect) + -tiō -tion]
re•fec′tive, adj.
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Noun1.refection - a light meal or repast
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
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References in classic literature ?
Wilfer himself, preparing to take a slight refection.
The Abbot, himself of ancient Saxon descent, received the noble Saxons with the profuse and exuberant hospitality of their nation, wherein they indulged to a late, or rather an early hour; nor did they take leave of their reverend host the next morning until they had shared with him a sumptuous refection.
That tickled the lads immensely, and nothing but the appearance of a slight refection would have induced them to stop chaffing the poor Worm, who could not see anything funny in the beautiful resignation he had shown on this trying occasion.