What does mortar mean?

Definitions for mortar
ˈmɔr tərmor·tar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mortar, howitzer, trench mortar(noun)

    a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range

  2. mortar(noun)

    used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall

  3. mortar(verb)

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

  4. mortar(verb)

    plaster with mortar

    "mortar the wall"


  1. mortar(Noun)

    A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding bricks and stones.

  2. mortar(Noun)

    A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers.

  3. mortar(Noun)

    A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle.

  4. mortar(Verb)

    To use mortar or plaster to join two things together.

  5. mortar(Verb)

    To fire a mortar (weapon)

  6. Origin: From mortier, from mortarium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortar(noun)

    a strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle

  2. Mortar(noun)

    a short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs, carcasses, shells, etc., at high angles of elevation, as 45¡, and even higher; -- so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.

  3. Mortar(noun)

    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

  4. Mortar(verb)

    to plaster or make fast with mortar

  5. Mortar(noun)

    a chamber lamp or light

  6. Origin: [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.]


  1. Mortar

    A mortar is an indirect fire weapon that fires explosive projectiles known as bombs at low velocities, short ranges and high-arcing ballistic trajectories. It is typically muzzle-loading and has a barrel length less than 15 times its caliber.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mortar

    mor′tar, n. a vessel in which substances are pounded with a pestle: a short and very thick piece of artillery of large calibre, firing a heavy shell at a fixed angle of 45° or thereabouts, so as to strike vertically: a cement of lime, sand, and water, used to bind together stones or bricks in building.—v.t. to close up or in as with mortar: to pound in a mortar.—n. Mor′tar-board, a square board with a handle beneath for holding mortar which the workman is using: a square-crowned academic cap. [A.S. mortere—L. mortarium, a mortar.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. mortar

    A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with either a rifled or smooth bore. It usually has a shorter range than a howitzer, employs a higher angle of fire, and has a tube with a length of 10 to 20 calibers. See also gun; howitzer.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mortar

    A short piece of ordnance used for throwing shells, so that they may fall nearly vertical; they thus acquire force for breaking through roofs, decks, &c. It is fired at a fixed angle of elevation, generally at 45°, the charge of powder varying according to the range required.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mortar

    Short cannon for throwing shells, usually fired at angles from 45° to 60° elevation, called “vertical fire,” in contradistinction to the fire of long cannon, usually made at low angles. Mortars—so called from their similarity of form to the mortar for pulverizing, which has retained its familiar shape from the earliest ages—are believed to have been the first guns used, and, though changed from age to age frequently in form of chamber, size, and projectile, all ages have found them too useful in their special way to suppress or essentially alter them. The “Coehorn” mortar—so called from the famous Dutch engineer, Gen. Coehorn, who first proposed them in 1674—is to-day in use, of the same pattern and for the like service then suggested. Monster mortars have been constructed from time to time, in the hope of producing immense destruction in bombardments with single shells containing a large quantity of powder. The most recent of these, the monster mortar made by Mallet for the British government, weighing 114,000 pounds, with a bore of 36 inches and a shell of 2912 pounds, failed to be of any service. Perhaps the most unique mortars ever made were to be found in the island of Malta in the last century. The solid rock had been hollowed out into immense mortars, some of them 6 feet wide at the mouth. These tremendous fougasses (the proper term for them) were to be filled with stones, shells, and missiles of various kinds, to descend in a crushing shower upon an enemy attempting a landing. For different kinds of mortars now in use, see Ordnance.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortar in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mortar in a Sentence

  1. Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom:

    The skill of using a mortar and pestle never leaves one.

  2. Irish Proverb:

    Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

  3. Kirthi Kalyanam:

    These early businesses thought that investing in brick and mortar was a mistake.

  4. Jack Ablin:

    Brick-and-mortar retailers are fighting over an ephemeral slice of a shrinking pie.

  5. Jason Kruger:

    Although it had a bit of a trying past, bricks and mortar wise it was still a solid structure.

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  • هاونArabic
  • килеBashkir
  • хаван, хоросан, минохвъргачкаBulgarian
  • morterCatalan, Valencian
  • malta, minomet, hmoždíř, moždířCzech
  • mørtelDanish
  • Mörser, MörtelGerman
  • morteroSpanish
  • miinipildujaEstonian
  • دارو کوب, ساروج, منداغان, سیر کوب, دیگ, کمارهPersian
  • kranaatinheitin, heitin, mörssäri, huhmar, laasti, mortteliFinnish
  • mortierFrench
  • ओखली, गाराHindi
  • mozsárágyú, malter, vakolat, mozsár, habarcsHungarian
  • հրասանդ, կրաշաղախ, ականանետ, սանդArmenian
  • mortaio, maltaItalian
  • 迫撃砲, 臼, モルタル, すり鉢, 擂り鉢Japanese
  • კირდუღაბიGeorgian
  • 乳鉢, 방아확, 迫撃砲, 절구, 유발, 모르타르, 박격포Korean
  • hawinKurdish
  • java, piestaLatvian
  • минофрлач, аванMacedonian
  • mortier, specie, mortel, vijzelDutch
  • mørtel, morter, bombekasterNorwegian
  • moździerzPolish
  • morteiro, almofariz, argamassa, reboco, massa, gralPortuguese
  • mortierRomanian
  • мортира, раствор, миномёт, ступа, ступкаRussian
  • malter, тарионик, stupa, mužar, avan, ступа, морт, аван, tarionik, мужар, mort, малтерSerbo-Croatian
  • mažiar, malta, mínometSlovak
  • malta, možnarSlovene
  • granatkastare, murbruk, mortelSwedish
  • மோட்டார்Tamil
  • ปืนครก, ครกบดยา, โกร่ง, ปูนThai
  • lusongTagalog
  • harçTurkish
  • اوکھلیUrdu
  • súng cốiVietnamese

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