• WordNet 3.6
    • n quartermaster an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quartermaster (Naut) A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master.
    • Quartermaster (Mil) An officer whose duty is to provide quarters, provisions, storage, clothing, fuel, stationery, and transportation for a regiment or other body of troops, and superintend the supplies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quartermaster Milit, a regimental staff-officer, of the relative rank of lieutenant, whose duties are to superintend the assignment of quarters and the distribution of clothing, fuel, and other supplies, to have charge of the barracks, tents, etc., of a regiment, and to keep the regimental stores on the march: he directs the marking out of camp. In the United States army the quartermaster is appointed by the colonel of the regiment, subject to the approval of the Secretary of War. In the British service the quartermaster is generally taken from the ranks, and after thirty years' service, including ten as an officer, he may retire with the honorary rank of captain. Farrow, Mil. Encyc.
    • n quartermaster Nautical, a petty officer who has charge of the steering of the ship, the signals and soundings, and the running lights, leads, colors, log, compasses, etc., as an assistant to the navigator. Quartermasters keep regular watch during the whole time a ship is in commission, and are selected from the steadiest and most trustworthy seamen. On mail steamers the quartermasters steer and keep the fiags and running-lights in order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Quartermaster an officer who looks after the quarters of the soldiers, and attends to the supplies—he is assisted by a non-commissioned officer named Quar′termaster-ser′geant:
    • ns Quartermaster (naut.) a first-class petty officer who attends to the helm, signals, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Quarter, + master,: cf. F. quartier-maître,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. quartariusquartus, fourth.


In literature:

Promptly at the hour set we halt and right-turn in front of the Quartermaster Stores marquee.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
The quartermaster's stores claimed our attention afterwards, and (p. 023) the attendants there were almost uncannily kind.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
The Quartermaster of the 3rd Brigade furnished me with a change of underwear, for which I was most grateful.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The Quartermaster Department has had difficult and various tasks, but it has more than met all demands that have been made upon it.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
The officer who had brought down the recruits went with them to the quartermaster's department, and gave orders for their outfit.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
He had sympathized with him in the vague difference with the quartermaster.
"Warrior Gap" by Charles King
I will go to the quartermaster's department, to draw them.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
W. G. Camp, Lieutenant Quartermaster.
"'Three Score Years and Ten'" by Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve
This was a difficult sector for the Quartermaster and his men.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
As I drew near the plateau a young officer came walking across it and, halting beside the quartermaster, held him in talk for a minute.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It made the quartermaster rabid.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
They were filing into the enclosure around the quartermaster's tent.
"Old Man Savarin and Other Stories" by Edward William Thomson
By Henry T. Johns, late Quartermaster's Clerk Forty-Ninth Massachusetts Volunteers.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
W. A. Hobbs, well known as Mayor of Henley, was Quartermaster, and 'Bob' Abraham the Transport Officer.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
The quartermaster called my attention to the horse, and I had him appraised and took him for my own use.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
The Quartermaster has brought me a half flask of champagne.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Quartermaster General, 222, 225.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
The Quartermaster's party was loading the tents and utensils.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
He scoffed at the quartermaster and began to pace the veranda.
"Tonio, Son of the Sierras" by Charles King
On the death of Captain Cook, the quartermaster, Edward Davis, was elected commander in his stead.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

In poetry:

An' soon ol' quartermaster Bill
An' me made friends, as seamen will,
Without much else t' do,
An' Bill wuz on th' bridge that night,
T' kinda see that things went right,
An' sort o' visit too.
"Signal Bill" by Burt Franklin Jenness

In news:

The 998 Quartermaster Company in Junction City has been called to active duty.
856th Quartermaster Support Company deploys to Afghanistan.
Army inactivates Savannah-based 260th Quartermaster Battalion.
Jimmy Brown, right, and Col. Ron Novack roll up and case the 260th Quartermaster Battalion colors Thursday morning during an inactivation ceremony at Hunter Army Airfield.
Conyers VFW quartermaster recalls his days in Vietnam.
Red tide in Quartermaster Harbor.
Waves from Japan Tsunami sloshed around Quartermaster for three days.
On being a Quartermaster .
Ray Ward of Anderson was a Leading Seaman Quartermaster in the Navy.
Brigade Quartermaster Runs Lean With Holiday Catalog.
Sea Scout s Bridget Eames and Eric Johnson have earned the Quartermaster Award — the highest rank in Sea Scout s.
Four quartermasters from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) joined USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) in early April as the ship sailed from Norfolk to participate in Neptune Warrior.
Soldiers with the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee gaze at the various desserts available at a holiday dinner hosted for them by First Baptist Church in Disputanta.
Army inactivates Savannah-based 260th Quartermaster Battalion .
With three years of local control of the two state parks in Yuma under the community's belt, it's time for a long-range view of the future of the Yuma Crossing Quartermaster Depot and Yuma Territorial Prison.