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 for mortar
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortar \Mor"tar\, v. t.
     To plaster or make fast with mortar.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortar \Mor"tar\, n. [F. mortier. See Mortar a vessel.]
     A chamber lamp or light. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster] mortarboard

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortar \Mor"tar\, n. [OE. morter, AS. mort[=e]re, L. mortarium:
     cf. F. mortier mortar. Cf. sense 2 (below), also 2d Mortar,
     Martel, Morter.]
     1. A strong vessel, commonly in form of an inverted bell, in
        which substances are pounded or rubbed with a pestle.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. [F. mortier, fr. L. mortarium mortar (for trituarating).]
        (Mil.) A short piece of ordnance, used for throwing bombs,
        carcasses, shells, etc., at high angles of elevation, as
        45[deg], and even higher; -- so named from its resemblance
        in shape to the utensil above described.
        [1913 Webster]
     Mortar bed (Mil.), a framework of wood and iron, suitably
        hollowed out to receive the breech and trunnions of a
     Mortar boat or Mortar vessel (Naut.), a boat strongly
        built and adapted to carrying a mortar or mortars for
        bombarding; a bomb ketch.
     Mortar piece, a mortar. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortar \Mor"tar\, n. [OE. mortier, F. mortier, L. mortarium
     mortar, a large basin or trough in which mortar is made, a
     mortar (in sense 1, above). See 1st Mortar.] (Arch.)
     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.
     [1913 Webster]
     Mortar bed, a shallow box or receptacle in which mortar is
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that
           fires shells at high elevations for a short range [syn:
           mortar, howitzer, trench mortar]
      2: used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
      3: a bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and
         mixed with a pestle
      v 1: plaster with mortar; "mortar the wall"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  73 Moby Thesaurus words for "mortar":
     adobe, aim at, alembic, anvil, ashlar, barrage, blast, blitz,
     bombard, brick, bricks and mortar, caldron, cannon, cannonade,
     cement, clinker, commence firing, concrete, covering materials,
     crucible, enfilade, engine, ferroconcrete, fire a volley, fire at,
     fire upon, firebrick, flag, flagstone, flooring, fusillade, grout,
     lath and plaster, lathe, machine, masonry, mastic, melting pot,
     motor, open fire, open up on, parget, pavement, paving,
     paving material, pepper, plaster, plasters, pop at,
     prestressed concrete, rake, retort, roofage, roofing, roughcast,
     shell, shoot, shoot at, siding, snipe, snipe at, stone, strafe,
     stucco, take aim at, test tube, tile, tiling, torpedo, transducer,
     transformer, walling, zero in on

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Heb. homer), cement of lime and sand (Gen. 11:3; Ex. 1:14);
     also potter's clay (Isa. 41:25; Nah. 3:14). Also Heb. 'aphar,
     usually rendered "dust," clay or mud used for cement in building
     (Lev. 14:42, 45).
       Mortar for pulverizing (Prov. 27:22) grain or other substances
     by means of a pestle instead of a mill. Mortars were used in the
     wilderness for pounding the manna (Num. 11:8). It is commonly
     used in Palestine at the present day to pound wheat, from which
     the Arabs make a favourite dish called kibby.

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