• WordNet 3.6
    • n commissariat a stock or supply of foods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Commissariat (Mil) The organized system by which armies and military posts are supplied with food and daily necessaries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n commissariat That department of an army the duties of which consist in supplying transport, provisions, forage, camp equipage, etc., to the troops; also, the body of officers in that department. In the United States army these functions are divided between the quartermaster's department, which furnishes transportation, clothing, and camp and garrison equipage, and the subsistence department, under the control of a commissary-general, which provides the food supplies. In 1858 and 1859 the British commissariat was reorganized, and remained a war-office department, under a commissary-general-in-chief, until 1870, when it was merged, with other supply departments, in the control department, which performed all the civil administrative duties of the army. Near the close of 1875 the control department was superseded by the commissariat and transport department.
    • n commissariat The office or employment of a commissary.
    • n commissariat In Scots law, the jurisdiction of a commissary; the district of country over which the authority or jurisdiction of a commissary extends. See extract.
    • commissariat Pertaining to or concerned in furnishing supplies: as, the commissariat department; commissariat arrangements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Commissariat the department charged with the furnishing of provisions, as for an army: the supply of provisions: the office of a commissary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. commissariat,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. commissarius—L. committĕre, commissum.


In literature:

The commissariat was miserably deficient.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
There, by way of replenishing his commissariat, he sold the saddle he was carrying on his back, and thus lightened his load.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
Montcalm himself felt the pinch of a failing commissariat, but with good-humour he made the best of the position.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
The commissariat would be excellent.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 1890.05.10" by Various
Aren't you the sly ones who raided our commissariat department?
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
His commissariat was not yet exhausted; and he made a hearty supper from the basket.
"Try Again" by Oliver Optic
If not, they will get it elsewhere, and what they do get will be so much diverted from the commissariat.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Before the afternoon had passed, however, our commissariat was amply provided for.
"Our campaign around Gettysburg" by John Lockwood
Then you know Herr Katschuka, chief of the commissariat department?
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
So far we can only complain that the punishments have been severe and the prison commissariat absent.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

It was an August evening and, in snowy garments clad,
I paid a round of visits in the lines of Hezabad;
When, presently, my Waler saw, and did not like at all,
A Commissariat elephant careering down the Mall.
"Municipal" by Rudyard Kipling
I couldn't see he driver, and across my mind it rushed
That that Commissariat elephant had suddenly gone musth.
I didn't care to meet him, and I couldn't well get down,
So I let the Waler have it, and we headed for the town.
"Municipal" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The evidence we found in 1991 and 1995 indicated we were excavating a food-production center, perhaps the institution called per shena ('commissariat'?

In science:

However, new perspectives could be opened by a novel type of polarized HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiodes developed at the Commissariat `a l’Energie Atomique (CEA) in Grenoble (Rothman et al. 2008).
On the intensity interferometry and the second-order correlation function $g^{(2)}$ in astrophysics
Laboratoire de la Direction des Sciences de la Matière du Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et Unité de Recherche Associée au CNRS (URA 2306).
Higgs as a pseudo-Goldstone boson, the mu problem and gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking
Collection du Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique: Série Scientifique. [Collection of the Atomic Energy Commission: Science Series].
A geometric derivation of the linear Boltzmann equation for a particle interacting with a Gaussian random field
Collection du Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique: Série Scientifique. [Collection of the Atomic Energy Commission: Science Series].
A geometric derivation of the linear Boltzmann equation for a particle interacting with a Gaussian random field
Member of the CNRS 3Laboratoire de la Direction des Sciences de la Mati`ere du Commissariat `a l’Energie Atomique.
On The Random Vector Potential Model In Two Dimensions