1. a staff officer in charge of supplies for a whole army;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quartermaster \Quar"ter*mas`ter\, n. [Quarter + master: cf. F.
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.
2. (Naut.) A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle,
signals, and the like, under the direction of the master.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a staff officer in charge of supplies for a whole army