meaning of mortar

1. A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
A short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs, carcasses, shells, etc. , at high angles of elevation, as 45Á, and even higher; -- so named from its resemblance in shape to the utensil above described.
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.
To plaster or make fast with mortar.
A chamber lamp or light.

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