(Re*fec"tion) n. [L. refectio: cf. F. réfection. See Refect, Fact.] Refreshment after hunger
or fatigue; a repast; a lunch.
[His] feeble spirit inly felt refection.Spenser.
Those Attic nights, and those refections of the gods.Curran.
(Re*fec"tive) a. Refreshing; restoring.
(Re*fec"tive), n. That which refreshes.
(Re*fec"to*ry) n.; pl.; Refectories [LL. refectorium: cf. F. réfectoire. See Refection.] A room
for refreshment; originally, a dining hall in monasteries or convents.
Sometimes pronounced ref"ek*to*ry, especially when signifying the eating room in monasteries.
(Re*fel") v. t. [L. refellere; pref. re- re- + fallere to deceive.] To refute; to disprove; as, to refel
the tricks of a sophister. [Obs.]
How he refelled me, and how I replied.Shak.
(Re*fer") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Referred (-ferd); p. pr. & vb. n. Referring.] [F. référer, L. referre; pref.
re- re- + ferre to bear. See Bear to carry.]
1. To carry or send back. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. Hence: To send or direct away; to send or direct elsewhere, as for treatment, aid, information, decision,
etc.; to make over, or pass over, to another; as, to refer a student to an author; to refer a beggar to an
officer; to refer a bill to a committee; a court refers a matter of fact to a commissioner for investigation,
or refers a question of law to a superior tribunal.
3. To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive,
reason, or ground of explanation; as, he referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.
To refer one's self, to have recourse; to betake one's self; to make application; to appeal. [Obs.]
I'll refer me to all things sense.Shak.
(Re*fer"), v. i.
1. To have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary.
In suits . . . it is to refer to some friend of trust.Bacon.
2. To have relation or reference; to relate; to point; as, the figure refers to a footnote.
Of those places that refer to the shutting and opening the abyss, I take notice of that in Job.Bp. Burnet.
3. To carry the mind or thought; to direct attention; as, the preacher referred to the late election.
4. To direct inquiry for information or a guarantee of any kind, as in respect to one's integrity, capacity,
pecuniary ability, and the like; as, I referred to his employer for the truth of his story.
Syn. To allude; advert; suggest; appeal. Refer, Allude, Advert. We refer to a thing by specifically
and distinctly introducing it into our discourse. We allude to it by introducing it indirectly or indefinitely,
as by something collaterally allied to it. We advert to it by turning off somewhat abruptly to consider it
more at large. Thus, Macaulay refers to the early condition of England at the opening of his history; he