mortar mortar  /ˈmɔr tər/

Definition(s):

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

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Whatever the impact of the mortar attacks, there is no question that Pappas, a decorated officer, made many serious mistakes in their aftermath.
  2. Last August, a mortar round landed less than a meter from nine-year-old Yeng Houa's family dinner table, killing both his parents.
  3. Between the flat, metallic blasts of occasional mortar shells, the only sound in the camp was the rustle of rats shuffling over sleeping men.

News

  1. Historical society members want to refurbish Water Works Park monument

    Mortar on the historical marker in Water Works Park is cracked and broken. / Catharine Hadley | News Herald Mortar on the historical marker in Water Works Park is cracked and broken.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Port Clinton News Herald

  2. Bacon Bacon Opens At Brick & Mortar Today

    You have until 2:30 pm today, folks, to head over to the new Bacon Bacon outpost on the Mission, located inside Brick & Mortar (1710 Mission). [ more › ]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: SFist

  3. Mortar attack on Iranian dissident camp in Iraq kills three

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A mortar attack on an Iranian dissident camp killed three people in Baghdad on Saturday, police sources said, and the Mujahidin-e-Khalq (MEK) group said Iran was probably to blame, with Iraqi complicity. MEK said two of the camp's residents were killed and 40 wounded in the attack. An Iraqi died when a stray mortar round hit a residential complex for Baghdad airport employees ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "The United States strongly condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and holds Hamas responsible for breaking the ceasefire and for the renewal of violence in Gaza," outgoing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a...
    on Dec 27, 2008 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: The West Australian

  2. "I strongly support Israel's right to defend its citizens against rocket and mortar attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza, which have killed and injured Israeli citizens," Reid said in a statement.
    on Dec 29, 2008 By: Harry Reid Source: MarketWatch

  3. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the campaign was launched "in order to regain a normal life for the citizens in the south who have suffered for many years from incessant rocket, mortar and terror attacks".
    on Dec 27, 2008 By: Ehud Olmert Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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