mortarman

noun

mor·​tar·​man ˈmȯr-tər-mən How to pronounce mortarman (audio)
: a soldier who operates a mortar

Examples of mortarman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Freeman was a mortarman, dropping onto the French shore in 1944 with an 18-pound mortar baseplate on his chest, according to Columbus Air Force Base, which honored his service last year. Doha Madani, NBC News, 5 July 2022 During a simulated battle scenario, the mortarmen were to drive Humvees into a valley and fire mortars at a distant target, to be designated by a white-phosphorus explosion. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 When the wind calmed, the mortarmen tried again, hitting the flag on their fourth try. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2017 Machine gunners, mortarmen, and other soldiers that carry heavy equipment on the battlefield could soon get a little help from FORTIS. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2017 Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, a mortarman with the 1st Armored Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, was killed by indirect fire while outside his base on a partnered operation with Afghan troops, said Navy Capt. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, 5 July 2017 Several kilometers away, the mortarmen spring into action, packing ARP shells with rifle bullets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mortarman was in 1862

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“Mortarman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mortarman. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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