• The Ration Detail
    The Ration Detail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rationalization systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale
    • n rationalization the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency
    • n rationalization (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation
    • n rationalization the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
    • n rationalization (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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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
    • n Rationalization The act or process of rationalizing.
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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 rationalization The act of rationalizing; a making rational or intelligible; subjection to rational tests or principles.
    • n rationalization In algebra, the process of clearing an equation from radical signs. Also spelled rationalisation.
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  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.”
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.”
  • Anatole France
    “Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.”
  • John Locke
    “Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.”
  • George Santayana
    “The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.”


In literature:

They 'lowanced us a week's rations at a time.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
The word "rational" has been strongly abused of late times.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Less than forty days' rations remained.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
If these hopes from the committee are rational, remember that the committee is no more.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
That memory will be kept alive with particular veneration by all rational and honorable Whigs.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
There is no such strife between rationality and belief as has been supposed.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Rations, always plain, became scant.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
The rational Christians admitted no fellowship with them.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
This day the meat ration was reduced to 9 oz.
"The Record of a Regiment of the Line" by M. Jacson
It is the duty of a ration party to bring up the loads from where they have been left.
"A Soldier's Sketches Under Fire" by Harold Harvey
But wait till you see the dishes I'll make out of the rations when they come.
"The Amateur Army" by Patrick MacGill
At this rate we shall be on half rations long before we reach Wrangel Island.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
Sold some expedition supplies which we thought we would not require any more, and bought rations to take us here.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough
Thus we reach a rational basis for optimism.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
The French mind is essentially rational and logical, and Malherbe reintroduced this native rationality into French poetry.
"A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance" by Joel Elias Spingarn
A notable example of this was the so-termed "iron ration" carried on the men's backs.
"Average Americans" by Theodore Roosevelt
Our ration of sugar was a small table-spoonful per week to each man.
"Missing Friends" by Thorvald Weitemeyer
There are some quite rational believers in such manifestations who will be greatly benefitted.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
It is one more appeal for a rational religion without stating what the rational religion is.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
We eat it with our rations, and breathe it all the day long.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne

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
Two children together in palmroof shade
Stare at me no word is said
Rice ration, lentils one time a week
Milk powder for war weary infants meek
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
A ration of rum and a biscuit was served out to each man,
And the weary night passed, and then appeared the morning dawn;
And when the lifeboat hove in sight a sailor did shout,
"Thank God, there's she at last without any doubt."
"The Wreck of the 'Indian Chief'" by William Topaz McGonagall
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:

Will Donald Berwick Ration Healthcare.
Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling Rationalized by Lawyer Tim Casey in Closing Written Arguments.
So dry that you can only water your lawn on carefully rationed days.
New York City Rations Gas Sales.
This 10.4oz caninter (emergency ration canister for bread) is nearly full of waterNow that is a.lot of.rain in the last 48 hours.
Hopefully his visit will spark more rational discussions on needed health care reform.
It's hard to rationally think through your options after 12 shots of Jim Beam.
How do we continually rationalize Christmas.
Society for Rational Dress Designer Corinne Grassini Travels to Peru.
A Ration of Gruel (1 Letter).
What role does metareasoning play in models of bounded rationality .
We examine the various existing computational approaches to bounded rationality and divide them into three classes.
As Nor'easter dumps snow, gas rationing comes to New York.
What do you think about the odd-even gas rationing plan.
Christie had imposed the rationing Nov 3 because some gas stations couldn't get fuel while others didn't have electricity to pump it as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

In science:

After a brief review of necessary theorems from rational homotopy theory (§22), we recall the definition of cobordism groups of maps with prescribed singularities (§23), and compute the rational cobordism groups of Ar -maps for each r ≥ 1 (§24).
Invariants of singular sets of smooth maps
On the other hand the spectrum Ω∞Ar is rationally equivalent to a product of rational Eilenberg-Maclane spaces K (Q, n) (see section 24).
Invariants of singular sets of smooth maps
K -rational point in M2 corresponds to a conjugacy class of quadratic rational maps [ψ ], and some map φ ∈ [ψ ] must have coefficients in the field K .
Explicit Descriptions of Quadratic Maps on $\pp^1$ defined over a field $K$
Let [ψ ] ∈ M2 (K ) correspond to a K -rational point (σ1 , σ2 ) in the moduli space of degree-2 rational maps, and let ψ ∈ [ψ ] be any representative.
Explicit Descriptions of Quadratic Maps on $\pp^1$ defined over a field $K$
If we are interested in rational functions that can’t be expressed as compositions of other rational functions, we should only consider those branched coverings of CP1 over CP1 with solvable primitive monodromy group (see section 10).
Around rational functions invertible in radicals
Thus for a generic choice of 4 branching points for the rational map of degree p with inverse invertible in radicals there are p + 1 leftequivalence classes of such rational functions and all of them are not left-right equivalent to each other.
Around rational functions invertible in radicals
Therefore in the case of partial observation, we can only reduce a probabilistic game G to a uniform-n-ary probabilistic game with n = 1/r where r is the greatest common divisor of all probabilities in the original game G (a rational r is a divisor of a rational p if p = q · r for some integer q ).
Randomness for Free
The theorem announced at the beginning of the section easily follow, by the functoriality of the exponential morphisms, the fact that any K -rational point of LA, A can be lifted to a K -rational point of L ˜A, ˜A, and a dimension count.
Galois descent in Galois theories
In the rational case, recall that we have a family of rational spin CM systems parametrized by subsets ∆′ ⊂ ∆ which are closed with respect to addition and multiplication by −1.
Liouville integrability of a class of integrable spin Calogero-Moser systems and exponents of simple Lie algebras
By density of the rationals in the reals we may assume ε is rational and hence computable.
Recovering randomness from an asymptotic Hamming distance
The rational functions Rt converge to a rational function M¨obius conjugate to R.
Partial holomorphic semiconjugacies between rational functions
Rt as t ∈ ∞ is a rational function homotopic to ˆφ∞ ◦ f ◦ ˆφ−1 ∞ relative to the set ˆφ∞ (P ) through branched coverings (in particular, this rational function is critically finite, hyperbolic and Thurston equivalent to ˆf ).
Partial holomorphic semiconjugacies between rational functions
When a polytope P is rational, i.e., all its vertices have rational coordinates with respect to some lattice, we associate a toric variety to it XP using the normal fan construction.
Betti numbers of toric varieties and eulerian polynomials
This formula is then a rational function of the Reeb vector field with rational coefficients determined by certain Chern classes and weights, and thus setting its derivative to zero will give polynomial equations for ξ∗ with rational coefficients.
Generalized Geometry in AdS/CFT and Volume Minimization
Indeed, since rational languages are closed under reversal and morphisms, it follows easily that L(cid:48) is rational.
Groups defined by automata