Mortar

Definition of Mortar

Mor´tar
n.1.A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
2.(Mil.) 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.
Mortar bed
(Mil.) a framework of wood and iron, suitably hollowed out to receive the breech and trunnions of a mortar.
Mortar boat
(Naut.) a boat strongly built and adapted to carrying a mortar or mortars for bombarding; a bomb ketch.
Mortar piece
a mortar.
- Shak.
1.(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.
v. t.1.To plaster or make fast with mortar.
n.1.A chamber lamp or light.

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