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quartermaster

Syllabification: quar·ter·mas·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈkwôrdərˌmastər
 
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Definition of quartermaster in English:

noun

1A military officer responsible for providing quarters, rations, clothing, and other supplies.
Example sentences
  • During the Civil War Gilmer held a variety of staff positions, including quartermaster and adjutant general of the Hilliard Alabama Legion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
2A naval petty officer with particular responsibility for steering and signals.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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