Meaning of MORTAR in English

MORTAR

I. ˈmȯr-tər noun

Etymology: Middle English morter, from Old English mortere & Anglo-French mortier, from Latin mortarium

Date: before 12th century

1. : a sturdy vessel in which material is pounded or rubbed with a pestle

2.

[Middle French mortier ]

a. : a muzzle-loading cannon having a tube short in relation to its caliber that is used to throw projectiles at high angles

b. : any of several similar firing devices

[

M mortar, P pestle

]

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English morter, from Anglo-French morter, mortier, from Latin mortarium

Date: 14th century

: a plastic building material (as a mixture of cement, lime, or gypsum plaster with sand and water) that hardens and is used in masonry or plastering

• mor·tar·less adjective

III. transitive verb

Date: 14th century

: to plaster or make fast with mortar

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.