verb (used with or without object)
Origin of mortar1
verb (used with object)
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
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.