|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|1.||a. a fixed allowance of food, provisions, etc, esp a statutory one for civilians in time of scarcity or soldiers in time of war: a tea ration|
|b. (as modifier): a ration book|
|2.||a sufficient or adequate amount: you've had your ration of television for today|
|4.||to restrict the distribution or consumption of (a commodity) by (people): the government has rationed sugar; sugar is short, so I'll have to ration you|
|[C18: via French from Latin ratiō calculation; see |
A regulated allocation of resources among possible users.
Note: The U.S. government has engaged in rationing usually only under conditions of extreme shortage or economic hardship; certain resources were rationed, for example, during World War II.