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Referring to a physical location for something, typically a business (usually as opposed to an online destination). You can order these shoes online or pick them up in one of our convenient brick-and-mortar locations.

bricks and mortar

1. noun A phrase used to refer to buildings collectively and non-specifically. I think the hospital is too focused on funding bricks and mortar—the construction here has been going on for far too long.
2. adjective Fundamental and necessary. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. The candidate has yet to state the bricks-and-mortar components of his economic plan.
See also: and, brick, mortar


Referring to a physical location for something, typically a business (usually as opposed to an online destination). You can order these shoes online or pick them up in one of our convenient bricks-and-mortar locations.

bricks and mortar

buildings; the expenditure of money on buildings rather than something else. (The buildings referred to can be constructed out of anything.) The new president of the college preferred to invest in new faculty members rather than bricks and mortar. Sometimes people are happy to donate millions of dollars for bricks and mortar, but they never think of the additional cost of annual maintenance.
See also: and, brick, mortar


[of commercial establishements] based in buildings rather than relying on online sales over the Internet. Many of the dot-com business owners have never been involved in a brick-and-mortar business.
See also: brick

bricks and mortar

Basic and essential, as in Matthew Arnold's essay (1865): "Margate, that bricks-and-mortar image of British Protestantism." This phrase transfers essential building materials to other fundamental matters. It also may be used more literally to denote a building or buildings (whether or not made of bricks and mortar), as in The alumni prefer to see their donations in the form of bricks and mortar. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, brick, mortar

bricks and ˈmortar

a building, especially when you are thinking of it in connection with how much it cost to build or how much it is worth: A home isn’t just bricks and mortar.We now need funding to turn the plans into bricks and mortar.
The modern way of doing business through the Internet as well as from buildings and shops can be referred to as clicks and mortar, where ‘clicks’ refers to the use of the mouse and the Internet.
See also: and, brick, mortar
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Zolotokhin reported that the terrorist groups, deployed in Eastern Ghouta, carried out mortar attack on a medical center near a checkpoint West of the village of al-Reihanah, adding that six more mortar shells landed 200 to 400 meters away from the center.
Use your trowel to scrape some mortar on to the side of the brick and lay the first brick in place.
You should be able to pick the mortar up with your hands without it dripping through your fingers, but not so dry it crumbles as you hold it.
Traditional airburst mortar rounds fitted with a proximity fuze disperse fragments in nearly every direction.
With a precision mortar capability you're able to quickly come in, establish, fire, and with one round you're able to get effects," said LTC Anthony Gibbs of the Product Manager Guided Precision Munitions and Mortar Systems.
Portland cement mortar has low porosity, which hinders water evaporation through masonry.
The company established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Army's Watervliet Arsenal (WVA), New York that will effectively employ WVA as a subcontractor to the company on many mortar components, it said and added that it will turn the MOU into a public-private partnership and combine the best industry practices with proven Army manufacturing expertise and support the Program Executive Office Ammunition mission to strengthen the Army's organic manufacturing capabilities.
Air lime (non-hydraulic lime) mortar hardens in the presence of environmental carbon dioxide and does not set under water.
A general consensus among armies is that the 60mm mortar is the best choice for the light infantry company.
Join the panel discussion on current trends in engineering mortar systems from EXPAL (MAXAM Group), Mercar SA and Cranfield University.
Firing the 81mm mortars more than 5,000 metres exceeds workplace sound limits of 137 decibels.
The mortar shells were fired by terrorists positioned in Samlin town, according to a source at Daraa Governorate.
However, few are aware that the mortar can also be utilized in a direct fire roll.
BMI Products of Northern California provides an excellent production platform and has developed a comprehensive range of mortar products and systems for the construction industry.
Crewmen, testing has shown that some 120mm mortar tubes on mortar carrier (MCV) Strykers are developing stress corrosion cracks.