I told Bemmon—ration out fruits and vegetables to everybody.
Those last should be pretty tender when you ration out our ounce a week, Captain.
There was no use in trying to stretch the ration out for two meals.
And we may have about that ration out there applauding at home in front of their television sets.
1550, "reasoning," later, "relation of one number to another" (1660s), then "fixed allowance of food" (1702, often rations, from French ration in this sense), from Latin rationem (nominative ratio) "a reckoning, calculation, proportion" (see ratio). The military pronunciation (rhymes with fashion) took over from the preferred civilian pronunciation (rhymes with nation) during World War I.