mortar

A mortar is a bowl-shaped container that you can grind things in using a pestle. You probably buy your spices pre-ground at the store, but if you wanted to be old-school, you could grind them yourself with a mortar and pestle.

Mortar is an old word — it comes from Old English, and using a mortar to smash things up is old way of cooking. It's also the builder's paste used between bricks. If you've heard the phrase "brick and mortar," that's a style of building, as well as a general phrase for something with a real building (as opposed to an internet business). And it's also a gun that fires high bullets that land short-range.

Primary Meanings of mortar

1.
n
a bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and mixed with a pestle
2.
nv
a substance used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
plaster with mortar
3.
n
a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range
Full Definitions of mortar
1

n a bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and mixed with a pestle

Type of:
vessel
an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
2

n a substance used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall

Type of:
building material
material used for constructing buildings

v plaster with mortar

mortar the wall”
Type of:
daub, plaster
coat with plaster
3

n a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range

Synonyms:
howitzer, trench mortar
Type of:
high-angle gun
a cannon that can be fired at a high elevation for relatively short ranges

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