Mortar bed
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.

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Mortar bed — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortar bed — noun 1. : a shallow box or receptacle in which mortar is mixed 2. : a layer of sand or gravel cemented by calcium carbonate and resembling hardened mortar …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortar boat — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortar piece — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mortar vessel — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bed — Bed, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b[ a]dd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti, G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain origin.] 1. An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bed of justice — Bed Bed, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b[ a]dd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti, G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain origin.] 1. An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed — [bed] n. [ME & OE < IE base * bhedh , to dig > Ger bett, L fossa, ditch, W bedd, Bret béz, a grave; orig. sense “a sleeping hollow in the ground”] 1. a thing for sleeping or resting on; specif., a piece of furniture consisting usually of a… …   English World dictionary

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