- an appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
- appointment by the pope to a see or benefice not yet vacant.
verb (used with object)
- proving ground,
- provisional wing of the irish republican army,
Origin of provision
Examples from the Web for provisions
The provisions weakening Dodd-Frank may still become law and the cromnibus may still pass.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill|Ben Jacobs|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Available at Olympic Provisions Mexico: The Cookbook, $33 Is there anything better than genuine Mexican food?The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Provisions can be made so that the law interferes minimally with media outlets rightfully publishing important information.
And the third member of the triage of restaurants that have put Houston on the national map is The Pass & Provisions.
The Pass is the dressed down, low key spot, while The Provisions is more formal.
A French fleet arrived in May, with provisions, clothing, and ammunition.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack
But as they were plentifully supplied with provisions they began to recover their spirits and confidence next day.
They were short of provisions, and we gave them a barrel of ship-bread, and seventy pounds of beef.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
Trouble began to crowd on us the third day of our journey—our little stock of provisions was exhausted.The White Rose of Memphis|William C. Falkner
The treaty was then read to them, after which the governor went over its provisions, explaining them, etc.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)|Hazard Stevens
Word Origin for provision
"supply of food," c.1600; see provision.
late 14c., "a providing beforehand, action of arranging in advance" (originally in reference to ecclesiastical appointments made before the position was vacant), from Old French provision "precaution, care" (early 14c.), from Latin provisionem (nominative provisio) "a foreseeing, foresight, preparation, prevention," noun of action from past participle stem of providere "look ahead" (see provide). Meaning "something provided" is attested from late 15c.; specific sense of "supply of food" is from c.1600.
"to supply with provisions," 1787, from provision (n.). Related: Provisioned; provisioning.