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quartermaster

[kwawr-ter-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈkwɔr tərˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
noun
1.
Military. an officer charged with providing quarters, clothing, fuel, transportation, etc., for a body of troops.
2.
Navy. a petty officer having charge of signals, navigating apparatus, etc.
Origin of quartermaster
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English quarter maister. See quarter, master
Related forms
quartermasterlike, adjective
quartermastership, noun
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  • Nevertheless, the Editor and quartermaster had half-risen from their seats.

  • The quartermaster's and medical departments were without trained assistants.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • A year later he was a quartermaster's sergeant; one year afterward a quartermaster.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • He sadly told her that the quartermaster was in great trouble.

    A War-Time Wooing Charles King
  • "Port your wheel—hard over," repeated the first officer to the quartermaster at the helm—who answered and obeyed.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • He had made an enemy of the quartermaster on the trip and could not but know it.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • The quartermaster General had charge of food, forage, transports and remounts.

  • This was a difficult sector for the quartermaster and his men.

  • The captain waved his hand in silence to the quartermaster at the wheel, and the helm was put down.

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  • "I'll have to trouble you to come with me to the quartermaster's storehouse," said he.

    Under Fire Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for quartermaster

quartermaster

/ˈkwɔːtəˌmɑːstə/
noun
1.
an officer responsible for accommodation, food, and equipment in a military unit
2.
a rating in the navy, usually a petty officer, with particular responsibility for steering a ship and other navigational duties
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Word Origin and History for quartermaster
n.

early 15c., "subordinate officer of a ship," from French quartier-maître or directly from Dutch kwartier-meester; originally a ship's officer whose duties included stowing of the hold; later (c.1600) an officer in charge of quarters and rations for troops. See quarters.

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