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mortar

noun mor·tar \ ˈmȯr-tər \

Definition of mortar

1 :a sturdy vessel in which material is pounded or rubbed with a pestle
  • crushed the seeds in a mortar
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[Middle French mortier]
a :a portable muzzle-loading weapon having a tube short in relation to its caliber (see caliber 2b) that is used to throw bombs at high angles
  • mortars fired at the enemy positions
b :any of several similar firing devices

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Origin and Etymology of mortar

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


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mortar

noun

Definition of mortar

: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

mortarless

adjective

Origin and Etymology of mortar

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

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mortar

verb

Definition of mortar

transitive verb
:to plaster or make fast with mortar

First Known Use of mortar

14th century

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MORTAR Defined for Kids

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mortar

noun mor·tar \ ˈmȯr-tər \

Definition of mortar for Students

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

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mortar

noun

Definition of mortar for Students

: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 \ ˈmȯrt-ər \

medical Definition of mortar

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


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