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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

mortarless 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



MORTAR Defined for Kids

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mortar

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noun mor·tar \ˈmȯr-tər\

Definition of mortar for Students

  1. 1 :  a strong deep bowl in which substances are pounded or crushed with a pestle

  2. 2 :  a short light cannon used to shoot shells high into the air




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mortar

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noun mor·tar

Definition of mortar for Students

  1. :  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

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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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