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ra·tion

 (răsh′ən, rā′shən)
n.
1. A fixed portion, especially an amount of food allotted to persons in military service or to civilians in times of scarcity.
2. rations Food issued or available to members of a group.
tr.v. ra·tioned, ra·tion·ing, ra·tions
1. To supply with rations.
2.
a. To distribute as rations: rationed out flour and sugar.
b. To restrict to limited allotments, as during wartime: ration gasoline. See Synonyms at distribute.

[French, from Latin ratiō, ratiōn-, calculation; see ratio.]

rations

(ˈræʃənz)
pl n
(sometimes singular) a fixed daily allowance of food, esp to military personnel or when supplies are limited. See also iron rations
Translations
أرْزاق احْتِياطيَّه
dávky potravin
ration
fejadagnapi élelem
skammtur
proviant
erzaktayın

ration

(ˈrӕʃən) noun
a measured amount of food etc allowed during a particular period of time. The soldiers were each given a ration of food for the day.
verb
to allow only a certain amount of (food etc) to a person or animal during a particular period of time. During the oil shortage, petrol was rationed.
ˈrations noun plural
the amount of food allowed to a soldier etc.
ration out
to give or allow a ration of (food etc), eg to a number of people.
References in classic literature ?
But the rations are short, very short-- so short, Dr.
Alexander Smollett, master; David Livesey, ship's doctor; Abraham Gray, carpenter's mate; John Trelawney, owner; John Hunter and Richard Joyce, owner's servants, landsmen--being all that is left faithful of the ship's company--with stores for ten days at short rations, came ashore this day and flew British colours on the log-house in Treasure Island.
The better to do so, I went afoot, armed with a Henry rifle and carrying three days' rations in my haversack.
During the first few days they were busy discharging the cargo brought by the flotilla, the machines, and the rations, as well as a large number of huts constructed of iron plates, separately pieced and numbered.
I divided the food in the pantry, into rations to last us ten days.
We gazed helplessly at the systematic, cold, gray-eyed obstinacy of the Easterly weather, while short rations became the order of the day, and the pinch of hunger under the breast-bone grew familiar to every sailor in that held-up fleet.
Most mellifluously did he purr as we crowded around to stroke him; with friendly joy he licked our hands with his little red tongue; poor Paddy was a thankful cat; he was no longer lost, starving, imprisoned, helpless; he was with his comrades once more and he was going home--home to his old familiar haunts of orchard and dairy and granary, to his daily rations of new milk and cream, to the cosy corner of his own fireside.
You don't admit, I know, that one can be fond of new rolls when one has had one's rations of bread--to your mind it's a crime; but I don't count life as life without love," he said, taking Levin's question his own way.
He was standing in the messroom at the time and the evening rations were being served out.
In two well-closed coffers, placed beneath the benches of the prow and the poop, Aramis found bread, biscuit, dried fruits, a quarter of bacon, a good provision of water in leathern bottles; the whole forming rations sufficient for people who did not mean to quit the coast, and would be able to revictual, if necessity commanded.
The pound and a half of sun-dried salmon, which was his ration for each day, seemed to go nowhere.
The Emperor's gratitude was announced to the vanguard, rewards were promised, and the men received a double ration of vodka.