• WordNet 3.6
    • n allotment the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"
    • n allotment a share set aside for a specific purpose
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Allotment That which is allotted; a share, part, or portion granted or distributed; that which is assigned by lot, or by the act of God; anything set apart for a special use or to a distinct party. "The alloments of God and nature.""A vineyard and an allotment for olives and herbs."
    • Allotment The act of allotting; assignment.
    • Allotment (law) The allowance of a specific amount of scrip or of a particular thing to a particular person.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n allotment The act of allotting; distribution as by lot.
    • n allotment That which is allotted; a share, part, or portion granted or distributed; that which is assigned by lot or by the act of God.
    • n allotment A place or piece of ground appropriated by lot or assignment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Allotment the act of allotting: part or share allotted: a portion of a field assigned to a cottager to labour for himself
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  • Christopher Marlowe
    “You stars that reigned at my nativity, whose influence hath allotted death and hell.”
  • Virgil
    “I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave.”
  • Eugene Field
    Eugene Field
    “All human joys are swift of wing, For heaven doth so allot it; That when you get an easy thing, You find you haven't got it.”
  • Herman Melville
    “Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.”
  • Helen Keller
    “It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. alotement, F. allotement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aloter; lot is Teut., seen in Goth. hlauts, A.S. hlot.


In literature:

Of this sum, $24,400,778 was allotted to the United States.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Duties laid on the civil authority.+ The secular authority accepted the functions allotted to it out of the spirit of the age.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
To-night, or I am deceived, we are called on to pass through no common allotment of toil and tribulation.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
During the first week in June, definite information was received as to the transports allotted and the dates of embarkation.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
What is the basis of allotment?
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
We had two allotted to our Division.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
In this allotment fifty each fell to Cumberland, Bladen, and Anson counties.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Also, the fore and aft space allotted to a hammock; the longers reckoned similarly to last.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I git the allotment agin' the expense I'm put to in feedin' thim.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Do you intend to allot the public more than five millions?
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson

In poetry:

So for reward of life-long truth
He lives again, as good men can,
Redoubling his allotted span
With memories of a stainless youth.
"Felix Antonius" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Show me the place they found succour
(They lived to die and rotted)
And there will be the merest mound--
Their span was scarce allotted.
"Old Isleta" by Norman MacLeod
And not in vain: with strength renewed,
And zeal refreshed, and hope less dim,
For that brief meeting, each pursued
The path allotted him.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Friendship-pure, unselfish friendship,
All through life's allotted span,
Nurtures, strengthens, widens, lengthens,
Man's relationship with man.
"Friendship" by Anonymous Americas
'Twas thus with thee, thou rev'rend man;
In peaceful, holy work thy life
Was spent, until th' allotted span
Was cut by Time's relentless knife.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young
Victor walked out into the High Street,
He walked to the edge of town:
He came to the allotments and the rubbish heap
And his tears came tumbling down.
"Victor" by W H Auden

In news:

Are alloted a certain number of spots in each book and they can pretty much decide which yearlings they want to use to fill each slot.
Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block some Web locations and wrest control of allotting Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body.
Coaching change adds interest to N.C. Vanderbilt's initial allotment already exhausted More.
Each exhibiting company is allotted (5) five complimentary badges for each 100 square feet of exhibit space purchased.
With more bait available this season than last, there is the potential for more hunters to exceed their bait allotment.
Ukraine's national Olympic Committee Chief, Sergei Bubka, pronounced, (sur-gay bewb-kah), expressed his outrage concerning allegations that a top Ukrainian official tried to sell the country's allotted Olympic tickets on the black market .
Volunteers Carl Wiese, 60, as well as Lottie and Eppo Biekart, both 80, are preparing the club 's "allotment" at the City of Toronto Riverlea Greenhouse where gung-ho gardeners keep the growing cycle going year-round.
Summer's end comes with a bit of bittersweet sentiment, even here in Texas where three-months can't contain all the summer allotted to us.
OU's entire, 13,000-plus ticket allotment was sold out 16 hours after announcing its matchup with No.
The $7.2 billion the government has allotted in economic stimulus funding isn't a lot in the broadband world.
The federal government is well aware of it, permits some of it and generates revenue via fines paid by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department whenever discharges exceed the permitted allotment, a common occurrence.
The best testimony to how obscenely high the discretionary funds that our county commissioners allot themselves is that some can't find the time in a single year to spend it all.
He set up an office on Nov 11, was sworn in as a congressman on Tuesday and by Friday had logged his first votes and given his first floor speech -- one that stretched a bit past the one minute he'd been allotted.
He set up an office last Sunday, was sworn in as a congressman on Tuesday and by Friday had logged his first votes and given his first floor speech - one that stretched a bit past the one minute he'd been allotted.
The Westminster Kennel Club event did not fill up its usual allotment of 2,500 entries in a single day, as usual.

In science:

Acceptance was allotted henceforth to Kretschmann’s way of assessing the very meaning of “relativity”.
Interpreting solutions with nontrivial Killing groups in general relativity
The timing also did not allow us to continue beyond the allotted two weeks since the ANL RPC-DHCAL team had to prepare for their beam test runs at FNAL.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
He then moves to his allotted space in this configuration.
Avoidance Coupling
On the other hand, due to the use of the “over-allotment” or “green shoe” option, the price would be kept artificially above the IPO price for a time.
When games meet reality: is Zynga overvalued?
As the size of the allotted space increases, the algorithm approaches the informationtheoretic upper bound on ef ficiency.
Streaming Algorithms for Optimal Generation of Random Bits