[ mawr-ter ]
/ ˈmɔr tər /
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.
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Origin of mortar2
1250–1300; Middle English morter < Anglo-French; Old French mortier mortar1, hence the mixture produced in it
OTHER WORDS FROM mortarmor·tar·less, adjectivemor·tar·y, adjective
Words nearby mortar
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Example sentences from the Web for mortarless
It also stands on a high cliff, and its dry and mortarless walls are built also on the coat of the onion principle.The South Isles of Aran|Oliver J. Burke
British Dictionary definitions for mortarless
/ (ˈmɔːtə) /
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
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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Medical definitions for mortarless
[ môr′tər ]
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 mortarless
see bricks and mortar.
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