[kwawr-ter-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈkwɔr tərˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
Military. an officer charged with providing quarters, clothing, fuel, transportation, etc., for a body of troops.
Navy. a petty officer having charge of signals, navigating apparatus, etc.
an officer responsible for accommodation, food, and equipment in a military unit
a rating in the navy, usually a petty officer, with particular responsibility for steering a ship and other navigational duties
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.
noun, plural quartermasters general, quartermaster generals. Military. 1. a general in command of the Quartermaster Corps.
noun, Military. 1. the branch of the U.S. Army responsible for supplying food, clothing, fuel, and equipment and for the operation of commissaries, laundries, etc.
[kwawr-tern] /ˈkwɔr tərn/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. a quarter, or a fourth part, especially of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint. /ˈkwɔːtən/ noun 1. a fourth part of certain weights or measures, such as a peck or a pound 2. (Brit) Also called quartern loaf
noun 1. an athlete who specializes in running the quarter mile or the 400 metres