Definitions for quartermasterˈkwɔr tərˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər
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an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
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.
A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master.
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
a petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master
Origin: [Quarter + master: cf. F. quartier-matre.]
Quartermaster is one of two different military occupations. In land armies, especially US units, a quartermaster is either an individual soldier or a unit who specializes in distributing supplies and provisions to troops. The senior unit, post or base supply officer is customarily referred to as "the quartermaster". Often the quartermaster serves as the S-4 in US Army, US Marine Corps units and NATO units. In many navies, quartermaster is a non-commissioned officer rank for personnel responsible for their ship's navigation. In the US Navy, the quartermaster is responsible for the ship's navigation and maintenance of nautical charts and maps. Aboard merchant ships, quartermasters are usually the Able Seamen assigned to bridge watches. A naval quartermaster's main task is to steer the ship and apply the helm orders given by the Captain or watch officers.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in the army an officer whose duty it is to look after the quarters, clothing, rations, stores, ammunition, &c., of the regiment, and in the navy a petty officer who has to see to the stowage, steerage, soundings, &c., of the ship.
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Has the alarming rate of inflation caused the Navy to consider ballooning the rating known as 'Quartermaster'?
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