mortar vessel
Bomb Bomb, n. [F. bombe bombshell, fr. L. bombus a humming or buzzing noise, Gr. ?.] [1913 Webster] 1. A great noise; a hollow sound. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

A pillar of iron . . . which if you had struck, would make . . . a great bomb in the chamber beneath. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A shell; esp. a spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See {Shell}. [1913 Webster]

3. A bomb ketch. [1913 Webster]

{Bomb chest} (Mil.), a chest filled with bombs, or only with gunpowder, placed under ground, to cause destruction by its explosion.

{Bomb ketch}, {Bomb vessel} (Naut.), a small ketch or vessel, very strongly built, on which mortars are mounted to be used in naval bombardments; -- called also {mortar vessel}.

{Bomb lance}, a lance or harpoon with an explosive head, used in whale fishing.

{Volcanic bomb}, a mass of lava of a spherical or pear shape. ``I noticed volcanic bombs.'' --Darwin. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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. 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 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… …   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 — [môrt′ər] n. [ME mortere < OE mortere & OFr mortier, both < L mortarium, mixing vessel or trough < IE * mṛtos, pulverized < base * mer , to rub: see MORBID] 1. a very hard bowl in which softer substances are ground or pounded to a… …   English World dictionary

  • Mortar — has several meanings: Mortar (masonry), material used in masonry to fill the gaps between blocks and bind them together. Mortar (weapon) fires shells at a much lower velocity and higher ballistic arc than other ordnance. Mortar (firestop),… …   Wikipedia

  • Mortar — Mor tar, n. [F. mortier. See {Mortar} a vessel.] A chamber lamp or light. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortar — I. /ˈmɔtə / (say mawtuh) noun 1. a vessel of hard material, having a bowl shaped cavity, in which drugs, spices, etc., are reduced to powder with a pestle. 2. any of various mechanical appliances in which substances are pounded or ground. 3. a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mortar — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. cannon, howitzer; cement, bond; vessel, cup; grinder, crucible. See arms, connection. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A receptacle used with a pestle] Syn. basin, pot, caldron; see bowl . 2. [A short barreled… …   English dictionary for students

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