- A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
- [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.
Etymology: F. mortier, fr. L. mortarium mortar (for trituarating)
Etymology: OE. morter, AS. mortēre, L. mortarium: cf. F. mortier mortar. Cf. sense 2 (below), also 2d Mortar Martel Morter