|1.||a mixture of cement or lime or both with sand and water, used as a bond between bricks or stones or as a covering on a wall|
|2.||a muzzle-loading cannon having a short barrel and relatively wide bore that fires low-velocity shells in high trajectories over a short range|
|3.||a similar device for firing lifelines, fireworks, etc|
|4.||a vessel, usually bowl-shaped, in which substances are pulverized with a pestle|
|5.||mining a cast-iron receptacle in which ore is crushed|
|6.||to join (bricks or stones) or cover (a wall) with mortar|
|7.||to fire on with mortars|
|8.||dialect (Midland English) to trample (on)|
|[C13: from Latin mortārium basin in which mortar is mixed; in some senses, via Old French mortier substance mixed inside such a vessel]|
mortar mor·tar (môr'tər)
A vessel in which drugs or other substances are crushed or ground with a pestle.
A machine in which materials are ground and blended or crushed.
(Heb. homer), cement of lime and sand (Gen. 11:3; Ex. 1:14); also potter's clay (Isa. 41:25; Nah. 3:14). Also Heb. 'aphar, usually rendered "dust," clay or mud used for cement in building (Lev. 14:42, 45). Mortar for pulverizing (Prov. 27:22) grain or other substances by means of a pestle instead of a mill. Mortars were used in the wilderness for pounding the manna (Num. 11:8). It is commonly used in Palestine at the present day to pound wheat, from which the Arabs make a favourite dish called kibby.