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trench mortar

a portable, muzzle-loaded mortar, usually having a smooth bore, fired at high angles of elevation to reach concealed enemy targets.
Origin of trench mortar
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If the attack materializes, repeat volleys and trench mortar discharge and open fire with the machine guns.

    Handy War Guide for My Company Andr Godefroy Lionel Hanguillart
  • A new, and in many respects one of the most effective weapons produced by the war is the trench mortar.

  • There was always lots of trench mortar fighting here, and we had orders to send over six shells for every one that came across.

    Into the Jaws of Death Jack O'Brien
  • Only once did Fritz blow in the entrance with a trench mortar, and then we had to dig ourselves out.

    Into the Jaws of Death Jack O'Brien
  • This form of grenade is very heavy, often weighing 200 pounds and is fired from a trench mortar.

  • We went in during the night when it was fairly quiet, and we took over the gun positions, from a trench mortar crew.

    Into the Jaws of Death Jack O'Brien
  • It was while in those trenches that we first started to use the Lewis gun and the Stokes trench mortar.

  • Fritz trench mortar batteries sending over a series of particularly nastily ranged shells.

    Norman Ten Hundred A. Stanley Blicq
  • He got this for lifting his trench mortar over the parapet when all the detachment were killed.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
  • A few also received some instruction in a rather primitive form of trench mortar.

    The Story of the "9th King's" in France Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for trench mortar

trench mortar

a portable mortar used in trench warfare to shoot projectiles at a high trajectory over a short range
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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