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1mortar

noun mor·tar \ˈmr-tər\

Definition of MORTAR

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

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Origin of MORTAR

Middle English morter, from Old English mortere & Anglo-French mortier, from Latin mortarium
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with MORTAR

2mortar

noun

Definition of MORTAR

:  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

Origin of MORTAR

Middle English morter, from Anglo-French morter, mortier, from Latin mortarium
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with MORTAR

3mortar

verb

Definition of MORTAR

transitive verb
:  to plaster or make fast with mortar

First Known Use of MORTAR

14th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot
MORTARLESS Defined for Kids

1mortar

noun mor·tar \ˈmr-tər\

Definition of MORTAR for Kids

1
:  a strong deep bowl in which substances are pounded or crushed with a pestle
2
:  a short light cannon used to shoot shells high into the air

2mortar

noun

Definition of MORTAR for Kids

:  a building material made of lime and cement mixed with sand and water that is spread between bricks or stones so as to hold them together when it hardens
Medical Dictionary

mortar

noun mor·tar \ˈmrt-ər\

Medical Definition of MORTAR

:  a strong vessel in which material is pounded or rubbed with a pestle

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