A mortar and pestle.
- An example of mortar is a stone bowl that you would use with a pestle to grind seeds into a powder.
- An example of a mortar is a weapon that fires explosives.
- An example of mortar is what a stone mason would use when building a rock wall.
- a very hard bowl in which softer substances are ground or pounded to a powder with a pestle
- any machine in which materials are ground or pounded
Origin of mortarFr mortier a short-barreled cannon with a low muzzle velocity, which hurls shells in a high trajectory
- any of various similar devices, for shooting lifelines, flares, etc.
Origin of mortarME morter < MFr mortier < L mortarium, a mixture of sand and lime: so called from the vessel in which it was made a mixture of cement or lime with sand and water, used between bricks or stones to bind them together in building, or as plaster
Origin of mortarMiddle English mortere from Old English mortere and Old French mortier, both from Classical Latin mortarium, mixing vessel or trough from Indo-European an unverified form m?tos, pulverized from base an unverified form mer-, to rub: see morbid
- to plaster or bind together with mortar
- to attack with mortar shells
- A vessel in which substances are crushed or ground with a pestle.
- A machine in which materials are ground and blended or crushed.
- a. A portable, usually muzzleloading cannon used to fire shells at low velocities, short ranges, and high trajectories.b. A shell fired by such a cannon.c. Any of several similar devices, such as one that shoots life lines across a stretch of water.d. A short, usually stationary, muzzleloading cannon used from the 1700s to early 1900s to fire large round shells at low velocities, short ranges, and high trajectories.
- Any of various bonding materials used in masonry, surfacing, and plastering, especially a mixture of cement or lime, sand, and water that hardens in place and is used to bind together bricks or stones.
transitive verbmor·tared, mor·tar·ing, mor·tars
- To bombard with mortar shells.
- To plaster or join with mortar.
Origin of mortarMiddle English morter from Old English mortere and from Old French mortier both from Latin mortārium ; see mer- in Indo-European roots.
mortar (background) and pestle (foreground)
(countable and uncountable, plural mortars)
- (uncountable) A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding bricks and stones.
- (countable, military) A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers and designed to lob shells at very steep trajectories.
- (countable) A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle.
(third-person singular simple present mortars, present participle mortaring, simple past and past participle mortared)
- To use mortar or plaster to join two things together.
- To fire a mortar (weapon)