- provisions: Enough rations were brought along to feed all the marchers.
- Chiefly South Atlantic States.food or meals: The old hotel still has the best rations in town.
verb (used with object)
Origin of ration
Synonyms for ration
Related Words for rationconsignment, quota, allowance, restrict, allot, conserve, division, cut, apportionment, supply, food, assignment, share, drag, dole, helping, provender, portion, part, measure
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Contemporary Examples of ration
This is the relevant passage: And who will suffer the most when they ration care?The Reality of Death Panels
October 31, 2012
That first couple of weeks, before any contact had been made, they survived on what was meant to be a two-day ration of food.Behind Chile's Miracle Mine Rescue
October 9, 2010
Historical Examples of ration
My plan was to reduce each man's ration of flower from 7lbs.
When either of us found one in his ration it was divided between us.The Long Labrador Trail
A pint a day was his daily ration, the only nourishment he could digest.L'Assommoir
There was but one-half of one day's ration of grain for the horses.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
On the other hand, the dog's ration for many days is carried on the sled he hauls.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
- a fixed allowance of food, provisions, etc, esp a statutory one for civilians in time of scarcity or soldiers in time of wara tea ration
- (as modifier)a ration book
Word Origin for ration
1550, "reasoning," later, "relation of one number to another" (1660s), then "fixed allowance of food" (1702, often rations, from French ration in this sense), from Latin rationem (nominative ratio) "a reckoning, calculation, proportion" (see ratio). The military pronunciation (rhymes with fashion) took over from the preferred civilian pronunciation (rhymes with nation) during World War I.