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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mortar  \Mor"tar\,  n.  [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}.]  (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 
  {Mortar  board}. 
  a  A  small  square  board  with  a  handle  beneath,  for  holding 
  mortar;  a  hawk. 
  b  A  cap  with  a  broad,  projecting,  square  top  --  worn  by 
  students  in  some  colleges.  [Slang] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mortar  \Mor"tar\,  n.  [OE.  morter,  AS  mort[=e]re,  L.  mortarium: 
  cf  F.  mortier  mortar.  Cf  sense  2  (below),  also  2d  {Mortar}, 
  {Martel},  {Morter}.] 
  1.  A  strong  vessel,  commonly  in  form  of  an  inverted  bell,  in 
  which  substances  are  pounded  or  rubbed  with  a  pestle. 
  2.  [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[deg],  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  boat}  or  {vessel}  (Naut.),  a  boat  strongly  built  and 
  adapted  to  carrying  a  mortar  or  mortars  for  bombarding;  a 
  bomb  ketch. 
  {Mortar  piece},  a  mortar.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mortar  \Mor"tar\,  v.  t. 
  To  plaster  or  make  fast  with  mortar. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mortar  \Mor"tar\,  n.  [F.  mortier  See  {Mortar}  a  vessel.] 
  A  chamber  lamp  or  light.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  muzzle-loading  cannon  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  vessel  in  which  substances  can  be  ground  with  a  pestle 
  v  :  plaster  with  mortar 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (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. 

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