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.