- 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 rationsconsignment, 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 rations
Without meat, Sitting Bull gave up his dream of independence and asked the Canadian government for rations.Sitting Bull's Cinco De Mayo
May 6, 2013
They queued at roadside snack stands for rations of peanuts, a holiday tradition.North Korea Lavishly Celebrates Kim Il Sung's Birthday
April 16, 2013
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
November 3, 2012
This system means the poorer tributes are more likely to be picked since they need the rations.‘The Hunger Games’ Movie for Dummies
March 14, 2012
Witnesses of the bloodshed said soldiers tried to steal some 290 tons of rations being doled out at a famine refugee camp.Somalia Famine Aid Stolen: U.N.
August 13, 2011
Historical Examples of rations
Indents had to be made out for transport, rations and ammunition.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
To increase their sufferings, rations had to be still further reduced.The Field of Ice
Stanton took charge of the kettle and dished out the rations that night.
I limited the rations at each meal to a half of one of my cakes for each man.
And I'll tell you right now, I'm going to cut your rations one-third, too—hear?The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- 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.