Definitions for rationˈræʃ ən, ˈreɪ ʃən
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the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)
"the rations should be nutritionally balanced"
a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)
restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war
"Bread was rationed during the siege of the city"
ration, ration out(verb)
distribute in rations, as in the army
"Cigarettes are rationed"
A portion designated to a person or group.
To supply with a ration; to limit (someone) to a specific allowance of something.
We rationed ourselves to three sips of water a day until we were rescued.
To portion out (especially during a shortage of supply); to limit access to.
By the third day on the raft, we had to ration our water.
To restrict (an activity etc.)
Our present health care system is rationed only to those who can afford it because of unnecessary high cost, lack of insurance coverage by 47 million people, and exorbitant prescription prices.
Origin: From ration.
a fixed daily allowance of provisions assigned to a soldier in the army, or a sailor in the navy, for his subsistence
hence, a certain portion or fixed amount dealt out; an allowance; an allotment
to supply with rations, as a regiment
Origin: [F., fr. L. ratio a reckoning, calculation, relation, reference, LL. ratio ration. See Ratio.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
You are outside life, you are above life, you have miseries which the ordinary man does not know, you exceed the normal level, and it is for this that men refuse to forgive you, you poison their peace of mind, you undermine their stability. You have irrepressible pains whose essence is to be inadaptable to any known state, indescribable in words. You have repeated and shifting pains, incurable pains, pains beyond imagining, pains which are neither of the body nor of the soul, but which partake of both. And I share your suffering, and I ask you: who dares to ration our relief? We are not going to kill ourselves just yet. In the meantime, leave us the hell alone.
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