mortar

noun (1)
mor·​tar | \ˈmȯr-tər \

Definition of mortar 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a sturdy vessel in which material is pounded or rubbed with a pestle crushed the seeds in a mortar

2 [ Middle French mortier ]

a : a portable muzzle-loading weapon having a tube short in relation to its caliber (see caliber sense 2b) that is used to throw bombs at high angles mortars fired at the enemy positions

b : any of several similar firing devices

mortar

noun (2)

Definition of mortar (Entry 2 of 3)

: a plastic building material (such as a mixture of cement, lime, or gypsum plaster with sand and water) that hardens and is used in masonry or plastering

mortar

verb
mortared; mortaring; mortars

Definition of mortar (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to plaster or make fast with mortar

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Noun (1)

M mortar, P pestle

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from mortar

Noun (2)

mortarless adjective

First Known Use of mortar

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mortar

Noun (1)

Middle English morter, from Old English mortere & Anglo-French mortier, from Latin mortarium

Noun (2)

Middle English morter, from Anglo-French morter, mortier, from Latin mortarium

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The first known use of mortar was before the 12th century

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mortar

noun
mor·​tar | \ˈmȯr-tər \

Kids Definition of mortar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mortar

noun

Kids Definition of mortar (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

mortar

noun
mor·​tar | \ˈmȯrt-ər \

Medical Definition of mortar 

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

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