Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mortar”

See all translations

mortar

noun uk   /ˈmɔː.tər/ us    /ˈmɔːr.tɚ/

mortar noun (MIXTURE)

[U] a mixture of sand, water, and cement or lime that is used to fix bricks or stones to each other when building walls

mortar noun (GUN)

[C] a large gun with a short, wide barrel (= part shaped like a tube) which fires bombs or other explosives very high into the air, or an explosive device shot from such a gun

mortar noun (BOWL)

[C] a hard, strong bowl in which substances are crushed into a powder by hitting or rubbing them with a pestle (= heavy tool): Use a pestle and mortar to crush the spices.
(Definition of mortar from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mortar?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “mortar” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

derivative

If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else.

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More