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Definition of Mortar

Mortar

  1. A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To plaster or make fast with mortar.
  5. A chamber lamp or light.

Mortar Quotations

He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it.
Herman Melville

All of Koons's best art - the encased vacuum cleaners, the stainless-steel Rabbit (the late-twentieth century's signature work of Simulationist sculpture), the amazing gleaming Balloon Dog, and the cast-iron re-creation of a Civil War mortar exhibited last month at the Armory - has simultaneously flaunted extreme realism, idealism, and fantasy.
Jerry Saltz

Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house-the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house.
Benjamin Britten

The bricks and mortar of the music business, they don't exist any longer.
John Oates

I don't think you can separate a place from its history. I think a place is much more than the bricks and mortar that go into its construction. I think it's more than the accidental topography of the ground it stands on.
Alan Moore
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Mortar Translations

mortar in Dutch is mortier, vijzel
mortar in Italian is mortaio, calcina
mortar in Portuguese is almofariz
mortar in Spanish is calcina, mortero

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