|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.|
|4.||to supply, apportion, or distribute as rations (often fol. by out): to ration out food to an army.|
|5.||to supply or provide with rations: to ration an army with food.|
|6.||to restrict the consumption of (a commodity, food, etc.): to ration meat during war.|
|7.||to restrict the consumption of (a consumer): The civilian population was rationed while the war lasted.|
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.
Ration book image from "The Hardship of Rationing,"