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Meaning of mortar by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Mortar and pestle.


    From Old French mortier, from Latin mortarium .


    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )tə( r )
    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈmɔːtɘ( ɹ )/ X-SAMPA: /"mO:t@( r )/


    mortar ( countable and uncountable; plural: mortars )

    1. ( uncountable ) A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding bricks and stones .
    2. ( countable, military ) A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers and designed to lob shells at very steep trajectories .
    3. ( countable ) A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle .

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Definition of mortar by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Mortar n. [OE. morter, AS. mortēre, L. mortarium: cf. F. mortier mortar. Cf. sense 2 ( below ), also 2d Mortar, Martel, Morter.]
    1. A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.

    2. [F. mortier, fr. L. mortarium mortar ( for trituarating ).] ( Mil. ) A short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs, carcasses, shells, etc., at high angles of elevation, as 45°, and even higher; -- so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.

    Mortar bed ( Mil. ), a framework of wood and iron, suitably hollowed out to receive the breech and trunnions of a mortar. -- Mortar boat or Mortar vessel ( Naut. ), a boat strongly built and adapted to carrying a mortar or mortars for bombarding; a bomb ketch. -- Mortar piece, a mortar. [Obs.] Shak.

  2. Mortar, n. [OE. mortier, F. mortier, L. mortarium mortar, a large basin or trough in which mortar is made, a mortar ( in sense 1, above ). See 1st Mortar.] ( Arch. ) A building material made by mixing lime, cement, or plaster of Paris, with sand, water, and sometimes other materials; -- used in masonry for joining stones, bricks, etc., also for plastering, and in other ways.

    Mortar bed, a shallow box or receptacle in which mortar is mixed.

  3. Mortar, v. t. To plaster or make fast with mortar.

  4. Mortar n. [F. mortier. See Mortar a vessel.] A chamber lamp or light. [Obs.] Chaucer.