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.
Mortar bed, a shallow box or receptacle in which mortar is mixed. Mortar board. (a) A small
square board with a handle beneath, for holding mortar; a hawk. (b) A cap with a broad, projecting,
square top; worn by students in some colleges. [Slang]
(Mor"tar), v. t. To plaster or make fast with mortar.
(Mor"tar) n. [F. mortier. See Mortar a vessel.] A chamber lamp or light. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Mort"gage) n. [F. mort-gage; mort dead (L. mortuus) + gage pledge. See Mortal, and
1. (Law) A conveyance of property, upon condition, as security for the payment of a debt or the preformance
of a duty, and to become void upon payment or performance according to the stipulated terms; also, the
written instrument by which the conveyance is made.
It was called a mortgage (or dead pledge) because, whatever profit it might yield, it did not thereby
redeem itself, but became lost or dead to the mortgager upon breach of the condition. But in equity a
right of redemption is an inseparable incident of a mortgage until the mortgager is debarred by his own
laches, or by judicial decree. Cowell. Kent.
2. State of being pledged; as, lands given in mortgage.
Chattel mortgage. See under Chattel. To foreclose a mortgage. See under Foreclose.
Mortgage deed (Law), a deed given by way of mortgage.
(Mort"gage), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mortgaged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mortgaging ]
1. (Law) To grant or convey, as property, for the security of a debt, or other engagement, upon a condition
that if the debt or engagement shall be discharged according to the contract, the conveyance shall be
void, otherwise to become absolute, subject, however, to the right of redemption.
2. Hence: To pledge, either literally or figuratively; to make subject to a claim or obligation.
Mortgaging their lives to covetise.Spenser.
I myself an mortgaged to thy will.Shak.
(Mort`ga*gee") n. (Law) The person to whom property is mortgaged, or to whom a mortgage
is made or given.
(Mort"gage*or, Mort"ga*gor) n. (Law) One who gives a mortgage.
The letter e is required analogically after the second g in order to soften it; but the spelling mortgagor
is in fact the prevailing form. When the word is contradistinguished from mortgagee it is accented on
the last syllable
(Mort"ga*ger) n. (Law) One who gives a mortgage.
(Mor"tif"er*ous) a. [L. mortifier; mors, mortis, death + ferre to bring: cf. F. mortifère.] Bringing
or producing death; deadly; destructive; as, a mortiferous herb. Gov. of Tongue.
(Mor`ti*fi*ca"tion) n. [F., fr. L. mortificatio a killing. See Mortify.]
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