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Meaning of MORTAR

Pronunciation:  'mortur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range
  2. [n]  a bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and mixed with a pestle
  3. [n]  used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
  4. [v]  plaster with mortar

MORTAR is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: howitzer, trench mortar
 See Also: building material, cement, daub, high-angle gun, plaster, vessel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mor"tar\, n. [OE. morter, AS. mort[=e]re, L. mortarium:
    cf. F. mortier mortar. Cf. sense 2 (below), also 2d {Mortar},
    {Martel}, {Morter}.]
    1. A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in
       which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
    2. [F. mortier, fr. L. mortarium mortar (for trituarating).]
       (Mil.) A short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs,
       carcasses, shells, etc., at high angles of elevation, as
       45[deg], and even higher; -- so named from its resemblance
       in shape to the utensil above described.
    {Mortar bed} (Mil.), a framework of wood and iron, suitably
       hollowed out to receive the breech and trunnions of a
    {Mortar boat} or {vessel} (Naut.), a boat strongly built and
       adapted to carrying a mortar or mortars for bombarding; a
       bomb ketch.
    {Mortar piece}, a mortar. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Mor"tar\, n. [OE. mortier, F. mortier, L. mortarium
    mortar, a large basin or trough in which mortar is made, a
    mortar (in sense 1, above). See 1st {Mortar}.] (Arch.)
    A building material made by mixing lime, cement, or plaster
    of Paris, with sand, water, and sometimes other materials; --
    used in masonry for joining stones, bricks, etc., also for
    plastering, and in other ways.
    {Mortar bed}, a shallow box or receptacle in which mortar is
    {Mortar board}.
    (a) A small square board with a handle beneath, for holding
        mortar; a hawk.
    (b) A cap with a broad, projecting, square top; -- worn by
        students in some colleges. [Slang]
  3. \Mor"tar\, v. t.
    To plaster or make fast with mortar.
  4. \Mor"tar\, n. [F. mortier. See {Mortar} a vessel.]
    A chamber lamp or light. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. homer), cement of lime and sand (Gen. 11:3; Ex. 1:14); also potter's clay (Isa. 41:25; Nah. 3:14). Also Heb. 'aphar, usually rendered "dust," clay or mud used for cement in building (Lev. 14:42, 45).

Mortar for pulverizing (Prov. 27:22) grain or other substances by means of a pestle instead of a mill. Mortars were used in the wilderness for pounding the manna (Num. 11:8). It is commonly used in Palestine at the present day to pound wheat, from which the Arabs make a favourite dish called kibby.

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