2. A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master. Quartermaster general, 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.
Origin: Quarter _ master: cf. F. Quartier-maitre.