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mortar

 [mor´ter]
a vessel with a rounded internal surface, used with a pestle, for reducing a solid to a powder or producing a homogeneous mixture of solids.

mor·tar

(mōr'tăr),
A vessel with rounded interior in which crude drugs and other substances are crushed or bruised by means of a pestle.
[L. mortarium]

mortar

/mor·tar/ (mor´ter) a bell- or urn-shaped vessel in which drugs are beaten, crushed, or ground with a pestle.

mortar

[môr′tər]
Etymology: L, mortarium
a cup-shaped vessel in which materials are ground or crushed by a pestle in the preparation of drugs.

mor·tar

(mōr'tăr)
A vessel with a rounded interior in which crude drugs and other substances are crushed or bruised by means of a pestle.
[L. mortarium]

mor·tar

(mōr'tăr)
Vessel with rounded interior in which substances may be crushed with a pestle.
[L. mortarium]

mortar

1. wooden or ceramic vessel with a rounded internal surface, used with a pestle, for reducing a solid to a powder or producing a homogeneous mixture of solids.
2. a material used to cement bricks in place.

mortar licking
a form of pica usually ascribed to a nutritional deficiency of calcium.
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The intent of this Invitation to Bid (IFB) is to furnish and deliver the Citys annual requirements for Portland cement, mortar mix, and ready mix Quickrete.
Approximately 80% of existing walls were repointed using a lime mortar mix which matched the mix taken from various parts of the original building and analysed.
BED the paving slabs on a mortar mix of one part cement to six parts sand.
Contract notice: Supply of dry mortar mix packaging waste at el cabril.
Don't confuse concrete mix with sand mix or mortar mix.
Place your first slab and when happy with its position lift it and place a blob of mortar mix (1 part cement, 4 parts sand) in each corner and in the middle.
Remember to use mortar mix for this, and work slowly.
5 Mix up a 1:3 cement/ sand mortar mix - keep the mix semi-dry so the dabs can support the weight of the slab.
It may be that a a weak mortar mix was used at the time of building, but I would also check there are no leaks into the structure from interior pipes because this could be weakening the mortar.
TIP: Add about a quarter of a shovel of Portland cement to three bags of mortar mix to richen it up a little.
That is why it is easier to buy something like Castle masonry cement for a mortar mix because no additives are required - just mix with the building sand.