mortar


1mor·tar

noun \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

mor·tar

noun \ˈmrt-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MORTAR

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

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