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Webster 1913 Edition


Mortar

Mor′tar

,
Noun.
[OE.
morter
, AS.
mortēre
, L.
mortarium
: cf. F.
mortier
mortar. Cf. sense 2 (below), also 2d
Mortar
,
Martel
,
Morter
.]
1.
A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
2.
[F.
mortier
, fr. L.
mortarium
mortar (for trituarating).]
(Mil.)
A short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs, carcasses, shells, etc., at high angles of elevation, as 45°, and even higher; – so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.
Mortar bed
(Mil.)
,
a framework of wood and iron, suitably hollowed out to receive the breech and trunnions of a mortar.
Mortar boat
or
Mortar vessel
(Naut.)
,
a boat strongly built and adapted to carrying a mortar or mortars for bombarding; a bomb ketch.
Mortar piece
,
a mortar.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Mor′tar

,
Noun.
[OE.
mortier
, F.
mortier
, L.
mortarium
mortar, a large basin or trough in which mortar is made, a mortar (in sense 1, above). See 1st
Mortar
.]
(Arch.)
A building material made by mixing lime, cement, or plaster of Paris, with sand, water, and sometimes other materials; – used in masonry for joining stones, bricks, etc., also for plastering, and in other ways.
Mortar bed
,
a shallow box or receptacle in which mortar is mixed.

Mor′tar

,
Verb.
T.
To plaster or make fast with mortar.

Mor′tar

,
Noun.
[F.
mortier
. See
Mortar
a vessel.]
A chamber lamp or light.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mortar

MOR'TAR

,
Noun.
[L. mortarium.]
1.
A vessel of wood or metal in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or bruised with a pestle.
2.
A short piece of ordnance, thick and wide, used for throwing bombs, carcasses,shells, &c.; so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.

MOR'TAR

,
Noun.
A mixture of lime and sand with water, used as a cement for uniting stones and bricks in walls. If the lime is slaked and the materials mixed with lime water, the cement will be much stronger.
Mort d'ancestor. In law, a writ of assize, by which a demandant recovers possession of an estate from which he has been ousted, on the death of his ancestor.

Definition 2022


mortar

mortar

See also: mortâr and mörtar

English

Mortar and pestle.

Noun

mortar (countable and uncountable, plural mortars)

  1. (uncountable) A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding building blocks.
  2. (countable, military) A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers and designed to lob shells at very steep trajectories.
  3. (countable) A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle.

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Translations

Verb

mortar (third-person singular simple present mortars, present participle mortaring, simple past and past participle mortared)

  1. To use mortar or plaster to join two things together.
  2. To fire a mortar (weapon)

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See also


Ido

Verb

mortar (present tense mortas, past tense mortis, future tense mortos, imperative mortez, conditional mortus)

  1. to die

Conjugation


Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin mortārium (19th century).

Noun

mortar n (uncountable)

  1. mortar (construction material)

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