|1.||[ noun ] (food) the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)|
"the rations should be nutritionally balanced"
|Related terms:||fare field_ration|
|2.||[ noun ] a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)|
|3.||[ verb ] restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war|
"Bread was rationed during the siege of the city"
|Related terms:||restrict limit|
|4.||[ verb ] distribute in rations, as in the army|
"Cigarettes are rationed"