- 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)
- ratio scale,
- ratio test,
- rational form,
- rational function,
- rational horizon,
- rational number
Origin of ration
Examples from the Web for rations
Without meat, Sitting Bull gave up his dream of independence and asked the Canadian government for rations.
They queued at roadside snack stands for rations of peanuts, a holiday tradition.North Korea Lavishly Celebrates Kim Il Sung's Birthday|David Frum|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The two posses decided to join forces and set off hauling their rations down the street.Occupy Wall Street Takes on Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts|Caitlin Dickson|November 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This system means the poorer tributes are more likely to be picked since they need the rations.
Witnesses of the bloodshed said soldiers tried to steal some 290 tons of rations being doled out at a famine refugee camp.
By the 17th of August, the rations were reduced to musty flour enough for ten days, a few dried apples, and plenty of coffee.The Romance of the Colorado River|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
The practice of allowing them rations and forage was discontinued.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)|John Marshall
I was confident that he would be satisfied as long as the rations were supplied.Down The River|Oliver Optic
A crowd of about one thousand people had gathered about the place after the day's rations.The Johnstown Horror|James Herbert Walker
To the Army Mule in camp, if anywhere, rest, rations and felicity should come.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches|Henry A. Castle
- 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.