|Origin:||Latin ratio; RATIO|
1 [uncountable and countable]
a fixed amount of something that people are allowed to have when there is not enough, for example during a war
food/clothes/meat etc ration
the weekly meat ration
a coal ration of 4 kg a month
Even wool was on ration in the war.
a fixed amount of food given to a soldier or member of a group:
emergency food rations
The prisoners were queuing for their meagre rations (=small rations).
We were on short rations (=given a smaller amount than usual).
an amount of something that you think is reasonable or normal
holidaymakers who like a generous ration of open-air activity