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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

Everyone makes pesto in a food processor. But the texture is better with a mortar and pestle, and it's just as fast.
Mario Batali

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

America is a mosaic not of groups but of individuals, each of whom carries a host of cultural influences, some chosen, some inherited, some absorbed by osmosis. That mosaic is held together by the pursuit of happiness, the most powerful mortar ever conceived. Left alone, it will long endure.
Virginia Postrel

We are material creatures who spend much of our lives on material pursuits (even building a cathedral or writing a novel requires stone and mortar or paper and ink).
Virginia Postrel

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
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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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