Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An officer responsible for the food, clothing, and equipment of troops.
  • n. A petty officer responsible for the steering of a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops

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Examples

  • McKevitt was the Provisional IRA's so-called 'quartermaster' until the late 1990s during which he was in charge of its guns, explosives and ammunition dumps.

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  • Billy Stobie, the UDA so-called quartermaster who provided the weapons used to shoot the lawyer was later revealed as an RUC Special Branch agent.

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  • "Helm doesn't answer, sir," called the quartermaster at the wheel.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • For the punishment of small offences which are not provided for by the articles, and which are not of consequence enough to be left to a jury, there is a principal officer among the pirates, called the quartermaster, of the men's own choosing, who claims all authority this way, excepting in time of battle.

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  • In some way he feels that the disappearance of the quartermaster is a connecting link in the chain of circumstance.

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  • The clerk looked up from his desk and said he was sorry, but the quartermaster was the only man who knew the combination, and he had gone over to Camp Merritt.

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  • It was quite evident the quartermaster was the fittest man for the mission.

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  • The quartermaster was a very intelligent fellow, and he took in the situation at a glance.

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  • Benjamin, who didn 't give his last name, showed us around the town and told us he had acted as a kind of quartermaster during the filming.

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  • She thanked him and he went away; he was a kind of quartermaster, she supposed, seeing to food and drink and household supplies for all of them; she couldn't imagine either of the professors bothering their clever heads about such things.

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