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"mortar" in British English

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mortarnoun

uk   /ˈmɔː.tər/  us   /ˈmɔːr.tɚ/
  • mortar noun (MIXTURE)

[U] a ​mixture of ​sand, ​water, and cement or lime that is used to ​fixbricks or ​stones to each other when ​buildingwalls
  • mortar noun (GUN)

[C] a ​largegun with a ​short, ​wide barrel (= a ​partshaped like a ​tube) that ​firesbombs or other ​explosives very high into the ​air, or an ​explosivedeviceshot from such a ​gun
  • mortar noun (BOWL)

[C] a hard, ​strongbowl in which ​substances are ​crushed into a ​powder by ​hitting or ​rubbing them with a ​pestle (= ​heavytool): Use a pestle and mortar to ​crush the ​spices.
(Definition of mortar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mortar" in American English

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mortarnoun

 us   /ˈmɔrt·tər/
  • mortar noun (MIXTURE)

[U] a ​mixture of ​sand, ​water, and ​cement or ​lime that is used to ​joinbricks or ​stones to each other when ​buildingwalls
  • mortar noun (GUN)

[C] a ​gun with a ​short, ​widebarrel (= ​partshaped like a ​tube) that can ​firebombs high in the ​air
(Definition of mortar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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