- 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
Examples from the Web for ration
This is the relevant passage: And who will suffer the most when they ration care?
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.
All I could do for them was to give them my ration of soft bread.A History of the Army Experience of William A. Canfield|William A. Canfield
Ration party is no pleasant job; as Tommy terms it, it is "one of the rottenest ever."Private Peat|Harold R. Peat
Are graham and entire wheat breads necessary in a ration as a source of mineral elements?Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value|Harry Snyder
A days ration of wood was about the size of an ordinary stick of oven-wood.Opium Eating|Anonymous
The ration given to these people is so small that it can only be endured in times of great stress.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|E. H. Blair
British Dictionary definitions for ration
- 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
Word Origin and History for ration (1 of 2)
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.