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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quartermaster \Quar"ter*mas`ter\, n. [Quarter + master: cf. F. quartier-ma[^i]tre.] 1. (Mil.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master. --Totten. [1913 Webster] Quartermaster general (Mil.), in the United States a staff officer, who has the rank of brigadier general and is the chief officer in the quartermaster's department; in England, an officer of high rank stationed at the War Office having similar duties; also, a staff officer, usually a general officer, accompanying each complete army in the field. Quartermaster sergeant. See Sergeant. [1913 Webster]