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1 a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range [syn: 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 v : plaster with mortar; "mortar the wall"

User Contributed Dictionary



From mortier, from mortarium.


  • a UK /ˈmɔːtɘ(ɹ)/ /"mO:t@(r)/


  1. A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding bricks and stones.
  2. Military 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. JP-1-02.
  3. A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle.

Derived terms


mixture of lime or cement, sand and water
short large-bore cannon
vessel used to grind ingredients


  1. To use mortar or plaster to join two things together.
  2. To fire a mortar (weapon)

Related terms



  1. To die.

Extensive Definition

Mortar has several meanings:

See also

mortar in Polish: Moździerz
mortar in German: Mörtel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adobe, aim at, alembic, anvil, ashlar, barrage, blast, blitz, bombard, brick, bricks and mortar, caldron, cannon, cannonade, cement, clinker, commence firing, concrete, covering materials, crucible, enfilade, engine, ferroconcrete, fire a volley, fire at, fire upon, firebrick, flag, flagstone, flooring, fusillade, grout, lath and plaster, lathe, machine, masonry, mastic, melting pot, motor, open fire, open up on, parget, pavement, paving, paving material, pepper, plaster, plasters, pop at, prestressed concrete, rake, retort, roofage, roofing, roughcast, shell, shoot, shoot at, siding, snipe, snipe at, stone, strafe, stucco, take aim at, test tube, tile, tiling, torpedo, transducer, transformer, walling, zero in on
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