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mortar

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noun mor·tar \ˈmȯr-tər\

Definition of mortar

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

  2. 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



Illustration of mortar

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


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mortar

noun mor·tar

Definition of mortar

  1. :  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


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mortar

verb mor·tar

Definition of mortar

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to plaster or make fast with mortar



14th Century

First Known Use of mortar

14th century

Other Building Terms


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mortar

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noun mor·tar \ˈmȯrt-ər\

Medical Definition of mortar

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






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