• The Ration Detail
    The Ration Detail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ration distribute in rations, as in the army "Cigarettes are rationed"
    • v ration restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war "Bread was rationed during the siege of the city"
    • n ration the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel) "the rations should be nutritionally balanced"
    • n ration a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cut off from rations for three days Cut off from rations for three days
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the First World War, cigarettes were handed out to soldiers along with their rations
    • Ration A fixed daily allowance of provisions assigned to a soldier in the army, or a sailor in the navy, for his subsistence.
    • Ration Hence, a certain portion or fixed amount dealt out; an allowance; an allotment.
    • v. t Ration To supply with rations, as a regiment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The U.S. army packs Tabasco pepper sauce in every ration kit that they give to soldiers
    • n ration An allowance of means of subsistence for a fixed period of time; specifically, in the army and navy, an allotment or apportionment of provisions for daily consumption to each officer and man, or of forage for each horse. Officers' rations are generally commuted for a money payment at a prescribed rate; and soldiers' and sailors' rations may be partly or wholly commuted under some circumstances.
    • n ration Any stated or fixed amount or quantity dealt out; an allowance or allotment.
    • ration To supply with rations; provision.
    • ration To divide into rations; distribute or apportion in rations.
    • n ration In stock-feeding, the sum of food regularly supplied to an animal, usually the amount per day. A scientific ration contains in due proportion and amount the essential food ingredients, namely, fats and carbohydrates, which supply heat and working-energy (heat-producers); and protein (nitrogenous substances), which provides for the upbuilding and repair of tissues (flesh-producers). The absolute and relative amounts required are learned from experience and vary with the animal and its occupation. See feeding standard, nutritive ratio, and phrases below. A ration is governed not by the actual amount of the ingredients, but by the amount digestible (often much less than the whole), this being determined by experiments the results of which are published in tables. Feeding standards are not now much used for precise calculation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the American Civil War the Union soldiers were issued eight pounds of ground roasted coffee as part of their personal ration of one hundred pounds of food. And they had another choice: ten pounds of green coffee beans.
    • n Ration rā′shon the quantity of provisions distributed to a soldier or sailor daily: an allowance
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.”
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.”
  • Robert Owen
    Robert Owen
    “Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly of law cannot be found in a rational state of society.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.”
  • George T. Hewitt
    George T. Hewitt
    “The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, and love. They do not require coupons.”
  • Jane Austen
    “With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. ratio, a reckoning, calculation, relation, reference, LL. ratio, ration. See Ratio
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ratio.


In literature:

But "some one had blundered," and no rations had been provided for our supper.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
"The Will to Believe" by William James
The allowances are based either on so much per ration, per so many rations, or per organization.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
But the rum ration soon soared the depressed spirits.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
They number four thinnish ones, and represent three-quarter rations.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
Perry looked after the rations and feeding of the men.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
De driber did de distribution o' de ration.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Short rations reduce the horses very rapidly and only too thoroughly.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
From Sentimental to Rational Attitudes.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
They obviously had not been on short rations.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Theoretically there could not be a more rational procedure.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Its neglect of sound doctrine eventually gave birth to Rationalism.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
Even in battles between reason and sense, he holds, the contending forces assume a rational form.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Faith and rationalism are mutually exclusive in the spiritual realm.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
The Government boats had left them rations.
"A Story of the Red Cross" by Clara Barton
We cannot, with any pretence to rationality, accept the verdicts of both the neurologist and the exorcist.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
After dat, de hell start to pop, 'cause de first thing Delbridge do is cut de rations.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I got rations from home and fared sumptuously, while the poor fellows in the ditches were having it rough.
"The Southern Soldier Boy" by James Carson Elliott
We were almost out of rations.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
In the far-distant past Earthmen had made themselves rational beings.
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.

In poetry:

"Who fastens his belt?
"I," said Short-Rations,
" I know all the fashions
"Of tightening a belt!"
"The New Knighthood" by Rudyard Kipling
You'd laughed to seen Lucinda Grange
Upon her husband's track;
When he sold his vote for rations
She made him take 'em back.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Now, I had no drinking companions —
I only had one chum,
And he was a staunch teetotaller —
So gave me his ration of rum (!)
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
The Haggis, the Haggis;
Wull Wright an unco' wag is,
And he cried out wi' passion
"The smell itsel'
Might very well
Serve for a sodger's ration!"
"The Haggis" by Joseph Johnston Lee
I imagine him
Impotent as distant thunder,
In whose shadow I have eaten my ghost ration.
I wish him dead or away.
That, it seems, is the impossibility.
"The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath
Chorus: Tramp, tramp, tramp, etc.
You ask me if they want men, you ask for rations then,
If they don't stump up a warning should be made;
To teach them better sense — why, "Set fire to their fence"
Is the war cry of the Wallaby Brigade.
"The Wallaby Brigade" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

What rational arguments exist against abortion.
Debate on abortion rationally .
Yes, we are only as rational as our limited attention spans allow.
Synthesis, delivery and release, all according to a rational plan.
It is sober, rational , conservative, careful and complete.
Should end-of-life care be rationed .
Venezuela is rationing gas by car in certain border states.
Or is it an unsustainable luxury, which air-conditioned societies should be giving up or rationing .
Should Air-Conditioning Go Global, or Be Rationed Away.
CONEY ISLAND, NY — Strapped for cash, the city has started rationing toilet paper along the Coney Island boardwalk, according to the New York Post.
CONEY ISLAND, NY — Strapped for cash, the city has started rationing toilet paper along the Coney Island boardwalk.
As Food Is Rationed , Resolve Is Plentiful.
When we think of ready-to-eat meals, we usually think of those packets of nutrient-dense soldiers' rations, like the Army sandwich that stays fresh for two years.
City Manager Eric Benson said he plans to stop water rationing Monday.
New Method Analyzes Starch For Precise Rations.

In science:

It is initially defined in a neighborhood of 0, but we will see in Proposition 1 that f is a rational function, i.e., that each of the n2 matrix entries is a rational function in the usual sense.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
It will follow from the proof of Proposition 2 that the series has a positive radius of convergence and that f is a rational function with values in A; this means that if we express f (t) in terms of a basis for A, then each component is a rational function in the usual sense.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
This expresses WG (λ) as a finite sum of rational functions, so WG (λ) is a rational function.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
We need the following: Lemma 7.4 For any rational number a > 0, there exists a rational number α > 0, such that X a ⊂ Sσ∈F (L) (σ + Dn,(α) ).
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Qin [FQ], a surface diffeomorphic to a rational one is rational.
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
The goal of this note is a result on retract rationality, which we prove by relating retract rationality to a property of algebras.
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
We note in Section 3 that rational hypothesis describes not only rational equations.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
Here we can see that for some rational f (x, y ) in y there exist a particular solution for µyy in form of rational function in y .
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
Then for f rational if one of generalized integrating factor is rational the rest can be choosen rational too.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
It is easy to see here that for arbitrary rational µyy f may not be an rational function.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
When we consider structures for ζ in form (3) we always receive f rational but not all rational f are satisfied by such a form.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
Since the coefficients of the divisor L are rational, we can choose numbers αi also to be rational.
On Zariski decomposition problem
Similarly if all φi are rationals on X and φ(Dom(φ)) ⊆ Y , φ is called a rational map.
Elements of Nonstandard Algebraic Geometry
We shall remark that since we are encountering only rational functions on n, and when µ, λ, etc. are fixed, we can regard functions as defined in some extension field of the rational field Q.
Some representations of nongraded Lie algebras of generalized Witt type
Rational curves in pro jective space, being essentially the same thing as finite-dimensional vector spaces of rational functions in one variable, are among the most elementary and classical ob jects in Algebraic Geometry.
Normal bundles of rational curves in projective spaces