Pronunciation: (rash'un, rā'shun), [key]
1. a fixed allowance of provisions or food, esp. for soldiers or sailors or for civilians during a shortage: a daily ration of meat and bread.
2. an allotted amount: They finally saved up enough gas rations for the trip.
3. rations,
a. provisions: Enough rations were brought along to feed all the marchers.
b. Chiefly South Atlantic or meals: The old hotel still has the best rations in town.

1. to supply, apportion, or distribute as rations (often fol. by out): to ration out food to an army.
2. to supply or provide with rations: to ration an army with food.
3. to restrict the consumption of (a commodity, food, etc.): to ration meat during war.
4. to restrict the consumption of (a consumer): The civilian population was rationed while the war lasted.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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