1. A fixed daily allowance of provisions assigned to a soldier in the army, or a sailor in the navy, for his subsistence.

Officers have several rations, the number varying according to their rank or the number of their attendants.

2. Hence, a certain portion or fixed amount dealt out; an allowance; an allotment.

Origin: F, fr. L. Ratio a reckoning, calculation, relation, reference, LL. Ratio ration. See Ratio.

(01 Mar 1998)

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