mortar

1
[ mawr-ter ]
/ ˈmɔr tər /

noun

a receptacle of hard material, having a bowl-shaped cavity in which substances are reduced to powder with a pestle.
any of various mechanical appliances in which substances are pounded or ground.
a cannon very short in proportion to its bore, for throwing shells at high angles.
some similar contrivance, as for throwing pyrotechnic bombs or a lifeline.

verb (used with or without object)

to attack with mortar fire or shells.

Origin of mortar

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before 1000; Middle English, Old English mortere and Old French mortier < Latin mortārium; (defs 3, 4) translation of French mortier < Latin, as above; see -ar2

Definition for mortared (2 of 2)

mortar2
[ mawr-ter ]
/ ˈmɔr tər /

noun

a mixture of lime or cement or a combination of both with sand and water, used as a bonding agent between bricks, stones, etc.
any of various materials or compounds for bonding together bricks, stones, etc.: Bitumen was used as a mortar.

verb (used with object)

to plaster or fix with mortar.

Origin of mortar

2
1250–1300; Middle English morter < Anglo-French; Old French mortier mortar1, hence the mixture produced in it

OTHER WORDS FROM mortar

mor·tar·less, adjectivemor·tar·y, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mortar

cement concrete mortar
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British Dictionary definitions for mortared

mortar
/ (ˈmɔːtə) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for mortar

C13: from Latin mortārium basin in which mortar is mixed; in some senses, via Old French mortier substance mixed inside such a vessel
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Medicine definitions for mortared

mortar
[ môrtər ]

n.

A vessel in which drugs or other substances are crushed or ground with a pestle.
A machine in which materials are ground and blended or crushed.
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Idioms and Phrases with mortared

mortar

see bricks and mortar.

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