Meaning of MORTAR in English


mortar 1

/mawr"teuhr/ , n.

1. a receptacle of hard material, having a bowl-shaped cavity in which substances are reduced to powder with a pestle.

2. any of various mechanical appliances in which substances are pounded or ground.

3. a cannon very short in proportion to its bore, for throwing shells at high angles.

4. some similar contrivance, as for throwing pyrotechnic bombs or a lifeline.

v.t. , v.i.

5. to attack with mortar fire or shells.

[ bef. 1000; ME, OE mortere and OF mortier mortarium; in defs. 3, 4 trans. of F mortier 2 ]

mortar 2

— mortarless , adj. — mortary , adj.

/mawr"teuhr/ , n.

1. a mixture of lime or cement or a combination of both with sand and water, used as a bonding agent between bricks, stones, etc.

2. any of various materials or compounds for bonding together bricks, stones, etc.: Bitumen was used as a mortar.


3. to plaster or fix with mortar.

[ 1250-1300; ME morter mortier MORTAR 1 , hence the mixture produced in it ]

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