Definition of quartermaster in English:

quartermaster

noun

  • 1A military officer responsible for providing quarters, rations, clothing, and other supplies.

    • ‘He was appointed quartermaster of a militia brigade and contributed his own money for the purpose.’
    • ‘Of equal, if less spectacular, importance, the Empire's quartermasters and military engineers were the finest in the world.’
    • ‘Since Southern rails were scarcely equipped to carry even essential supplies, endowing the quartermaster with this authority often meant giving him plenipotentiary power over most railroad activities.’
    • ‘Although these vessels were contracted through the Army quartermaster, a naval officer - Lt George M. Totten - designed them.’
    • ‘He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.’
    • ‘During the Civil War Gilmer held a variety of staff positions, including quartermaster and adjutant general of the Hilliard Alabama Legion.’
    • ‘The quartermaster division has three sections: quartermaster; petroleum, oils, and lubricants; and subsistence.’
    • ‘It was also widely practised on campaign, when a quartermaster would normally travel ahead of his unit to arrange accommodation with the (often less than enthusiastic) civic authorities.’
    • ‘Posted with the Quartermaster Corps, he held a number of positions, including the quartermaster at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.’
    • ‘It later appeared that the quartermaster had ‘borrowed’ these when army supplies ran low after the Battle of Fredericksburg.’
    • ‘Eight supporting staff - a contingent commander, adjutant, cook, quartermaster, and coach for each discipline - completed the team, and where possible these members also competed as shooters.’
    • ‘The commissary, a commissioned officer, handled food procurement and, like the quartermaster, on many questions answered directly to his superiors in the national capital rather than to the army commander.’
    • ‘Our unit was made up of cooks, mechanics, and quartermasters with many of the same military occupational specialties found in traditional CSS units.’
    • ‘As a deployment builds up some quartermasters can find themselves short of kit and that could be the case here.’
    • ‘The Tarlac Advance Depot quartermaster, supporting the North Luzon force, broke his supplies up into division-size lots before withdrawing in the hopes that retreating units could grab them on the run.’
    • ‘The first of Margo's sources, and the more novel, is the ‘Reports of Persons and Articles Hired’ that were made by the quartermasters of military installations.’
    • ‘Unknown to the Pastors however, the pills the quartermasters supplied them were vitamins and not the sedative drugs.’
    • ‘A quartermaster for the First Battalion of the Light Infantry also told the committee that troops went into battle without grenade-launchers, night-vision goggles, desert boots, socks and uniforms.’
    • ‘If only the quartermaster had supplied us with ammunition instead of tracts no one could decipher.’
    • ‘Innovation, an unofficial principle of logistics, was applied successfully by Bataan quartermasters.’
  • 2A naval petty officer with particular responsibility for steering and signals.

    • ‘Soon CGS Varuna was cast off, with her quartermaster and sailor saluting the two stationary IN survey ships, Sutlej and Jamuna.’
    • ‘The son of a quartermaster in the US Navy, Roche was born in Boston in 1928 and raised during the Depression.’
    • ‘From nurses to barmen and quartermasters to waiters, more than 70 ex-crew gathered at the Cowherds pub on the Common - and there were plenty of tales to be shared.’
    • ‘They went belowdecks to the quarters of the quartermaster.’
    • ‘This was not difficult for Humphrey Bogart; he was, after all, the man who never made quartermaster in the Navy during World War I.’
    • ‘In fact, the Coast Guard allowed Sea Scouts with the rank of quartermaster to take the helm of the small boat during recovery operations with the Sockeye.’
    • ‘Two shares went to the captain, one and a half shares to the quartermaster, and one share each to the crew members.’
    • ‘While Darling and his shipmates were busy learning the ACD, the ship was steering course as usual, yet with the help of a new friend to the quartermaster.’
    • ‘A quartermaster works on Moreau's LCAC as a navigator.’
    • ‘Typically, it's a boatswain's mate or a quartermaster running the ship, while an engineer and one or two seaman line handlers assist in the shipboard operations.’
    • ‘Engine room artificers, boatswains, tugboat crews and quartermasters in the harbour master section (navigation branch) of the Sri Lanka Port Authority began an overtime boycott on November 12.’
    • ‘Steering was carried out from a position forward of this by a quartermaster manning the ship's wheel, which connected cables to the tiller flat below.’
    • ‘Shortly before noon on Jan. 23, Bucher sat down to a lunch of meatloaf, succotash, mashed potatoes and gravy when Law, the ship's quartermaster, called down to the wardroom.’

Pronunciation:

quartermaster

/ˈkwôrdərˌmastər/