Meaning of MORTAR in English


mor ‧ tar /ˈmɔːtə $ ˈmɔːrtər/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1000-1100 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: mortier , from Latin mortarium ]

1 . [uncountable] a mixture of ↑ cement or ↑ lime , and sand and water, used in building for holding bricks or stones together

2 . [countable] a heavy gun that fires bombs or ↑ shell s in a high curve:

A cameraman was killed when his vehicle came under mortar fire.

a mortar attack

3 .

[countable] a stone bowl in which substances are crushed with a ↑ pestle (=tool with a heavy round end) :

You’ll need a pestle and mortar to grind the spices.

⇨ bricks and mortar at ↑ brick 1 (2)

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