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 amp; 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 mortarium; 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)