verb (used with or without object)
- mortal sin/venial sin,
- mortality rate,
- mortality table,
- mortgage bond,
- mortgage rate,
Origin of mortar1
verb (used with object)
Origin of mortar2
Examples from the Web for mortar
Of such incompatibles is compounded the mortar of his art work.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then came the day Mustafa, along with two others, was killed by a mortar shell.
Artillery and mortar duels all around the outskirts of Donetsk rumble angrily every day.
When Louise and Bibi returned to their home, they found it strewn with ammunition and pockmarked with mortar craters.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Holding the architectural smorgasbord of a castle together was cement, wire, and mortar.
In the find of the oculist Severus is a bronze dish which Deneffe regards as a mortar.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times|John Stewart Milne
The birds are cleaned, and put in a mortar, together with other medicinal ingredients.Omens and Superstitions of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
By the discharge of the mortar a barbed shot was to be flung on to the wreck, with a line attached to the shot.Cornish Characters|S. Baring-Gould
With two long embankments of brick and mortar he bound its bed.
Equipment shortages included surgical instruments and mortar and pestles for pulverizing the crude drugs.Drug Supplies in the American Revolution|George B. Griffenhagen
Word Origin for mortar
"mixture of cement," late 13c., from Old French mortier "builder's mortar, plaster; bowl for mixing" (13c.), from Latin mortarium "mortar," also "crushed drugs," probably the same word as mortarium "bowl for mixing or pounding" (see mortar (n.2)). Dutch mortel, German Mörtel are from Latin or French.
"bowl for pounding," c.1300, from Old French mortier "bowl; builder's mortar," from Latin mortarium "bowl for mixing or pounding," also "material prepared in it," of unknown origin and impossible now to determine which sense was original (Watkins says probably from PIE root *mer- "to rub away, harm;" see morbid). Late Old English had mortere, from the same Latin source, which might also be a source of the modern word. German Mörser also is from Latin.
"short cannon," 1550s, originally mortar-piece, from Middle French mortier "short cannon," in Old French, "bowl for mixing or pounding" (see mortar (n.2)). So called for its shape.
see bricks and mortar.