- 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.
- to attack with mortar fire or shells.
Origin of mortar1
- 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.
- to plaster or fix with mortar.
Origin of mortar2
Related Words for mortaredseal, join, unite, solder, bind, plaster, weld, gum, merge, fuse, combine, connect, fasten, cohere, glue, paste, blend, bond, mortar
Examples from the Web for mortared
Historical Examples of mortared
I am putting up the money for it, and I have got to be mortared up in it when I die.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
He set the stones in their places and mortared them together.The Children of Odin
In one corner is a mortared pit about thirty inches deep and two feet in diameter.Vistas in Sicily
Arthur Stanley Riggs
For the first twenty-five neither window nor grating broke the grim uniformity of those mighty walls of mortared rock.Joan of the Sword Hand
S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
And I'm to consider myself squashed—abso-bally-lutely pestle and mortared?Captivity
M. Leonora Eyles
- a mixture of cement or lime or both with sand and water, used as a bond between bricks or stones or as a covering on a wall
- a muzzle-loading cannon having a short barrel and relatively wide bore that fires low-velocity shells in high trajectories over a short range
- a similar device for firing lifelines, fireworks, etc
- a vessel, usually bowl-shaped, in which substances are pulverized with a pestle
- mining a cast-iron receptacle in which ore is crushed
- to join (bricks or stones) or cover (a wall) with mortar
- to fire on with mortars
- Midland English dialect to trample (on)
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.
- 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.
see bricks and mortar.