- 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 rationed
If rationed carefully and traveling at maximum speed, I might even cover a good amount of nearby land.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Recently she made headlines by attacking a provision in Obama's stimulus plan that she said would lead to rationed health care.
From these, each precious drop of water was rationed upwards to meet the increasing needs of the people.The Thirst Quenchers|Rick Raphael
It is your breakfast, as much as mine; for I have shipped you on the books this morning, and of course you will be rationed.With Kitchener in the Soudan|G. A. Henty
To keep it from losing its effectiveness, Calhoun rationed himself on music, as on other things.Pariah Planet|Murray Leinster
Peters was as good as his word—and that night he, with over twenty men, well-armed and rationed, started on their quest.In the Whirl of the Rising|Bertram Mitford
The rebel loss was much greater in the aggregate, as we captured and sent North to be rationed there over 6,100 prisoners.The Colored Regulars in the United States Army|T. G. Steward
British Dictionary definitions for rationed
- 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 rationed (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.