mor·​tar·​man | \ ˈmȯr-tər-mən How to pronounce mortarman (audio) \

Definition of mortarman

: a soldier who operates a mortar

Examples of mortarman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Adam Driver, the Original Man," 21 Oct. 2019 When the wind calmed, the mortarmen tried again, hitting the flag on their fourth try. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "In One Corner of Afghanistan, America Is Beating Islamic State," 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, "Soldiers Could Soon Get Robotic Legs," 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, "Death of U.S. soldier in Afghanistan highlights the evolving role of conventional combat troops there," 5 July 2017 Several kilometers away, the mortarmen spring into action, packing ARP shells with rifle bullets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Special Delivery: The U.S. Army Plans to Shoot Supplies to its Own Soldiers Inside Hollow Mortars," 9 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of mortarman

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Mortarman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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