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Ration

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ration \Ra"tion\ (r[=a]"sh[u^]n or r[a^]sh"[u^]n), noun [F., fr. L. ratio a reckoning, calculation, relation, reference, LL. ratio ration. See {Ratio}.]

1. A fixed daily allowance of provisions assigned to a soldier in the army, or a sailor in the navy, for his subsistence.

Note: Officers have several rations, the number varying according to their rank or the number of their attendants.

2. Hence, a certain portion or fixed amount dealt out; an allowance; an allotment.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ration \Ra"tion\, verb (used with an object) To supply with rations, as a regiment.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ration

noun

1: the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel); "the rations should be nutritionally balanced"

2: a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)

verb

1: restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war; "Bread was rationed during the siege of the city"

2: distribute in rations, as in the army; "Cigarettes are rationed" [syn: {ration}, {ration out}]


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