Mortar

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mortar \Mor"tar\, noun [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 mixed.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mortar \Mor"tar\, verb (used with an object) To plaster or make fast with mortar.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mortar \Mor"tar\, noun [F. mortier. See {Mortar} a vessel.] A chamber lamp or light. [Obs.] --Chaucer. mortarboard

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mortar \Mor"tar\, noun [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.

{Mortar boat} or {Mortar 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mortar

noun

1: a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range [syn: {mortar}, {howitzer}, {trench mortar}]

2: used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall

3: a bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and mixed with a pestle

verb

1: plaster with mortar; "mortar the wall"

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