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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mor"tar
  1. A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
  2. Etymology: 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°, and even higher; -- so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.

Etymology: OE. morter, AS. mortēre, L. mortarium: cf. F. mortier mortar. Cf. sense 2 (below), also 2d Mortar Martel Morter

noun Mor"tar
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.

Etymology: 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

verb Mor"tar
To plaster or make fast with mortar.
noun Mor"tar
A chamber lamp or light.

Etymology: F. mortier. See Mortar a vessel

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range
  2. A bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and mixed with a pestle
  3. Used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
  4. Plaster with mortar ("mortar the wall")

From Old French mortier, from Latin mortārium.

  1. (uncountable) A mixture of lime or cement, sand and water used for bonding building blocks.
  2. (countable, military) A muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers and designed to lob shells at very steep trajectories.
  3. (countable) A hollow vessel used to pound, crush, rub, grind or mix ingredients with a pestle.

mortar was also found in the following language(s): Ido and Romanian

Fun Facts about the name Mortar

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Past life for Mortar born Aug 16, 1979

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Philippines approximately on 1100. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.