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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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The all-new THOR is a 120mm mortar round developed with a unique design, combining different shapes, materials and fragmentation sizes to attain the desired effect on the target.
The Army has closed its initial solicitation phase for designs to create a next generation precision mortar that will allow Soldiers to put their rounds on target with extreme accuracy.
Lime mortars were generally more porous than cement, so they allowed moisture to evaporate through mortar rather than through brick or stone masonry.
This experimental study investigates, to what extent the natural carbonation and relative humidity affects the strength of lime mortars prepared with kankar lime and surkhi.
In fact, Wehrmacht(Nazi Germany's combined armed forces) doctrine saw mortars as the primary indirect fire support for the infantry as 'tube' artillery would be reserved for the schwerpunkt or 'main attack'.
Firing the 81mm mortars more than 5,000 metres exceeds workplace sound limits of 137 decibels.
Commanders could concentrate the fires of mortars from decentralized locations on targets of opportunity, or employ the mortar systems independently, or as part of existing organic fire support assets from a centralized location in support of ground operations.
Sika will acquire mortar producer BMI Products of Northern California Inc.
A police source told SANA that terrorists in Tal Dahab town in al-Houla targeted Kurmos town with 15 mortar shells, killing a woman and causing material damages.
Crewmen, testing has shown that some 120mm mortar tubes on mortar carrier (MCV) Strykers are developing stress corrosion cracks.
To save money that year, it was decided not to send the whole platoon of mortars to the gathering of the NATO Rapid Mobile Force indirect fire units in Europe.
They own their mortars and understand their basic capabilities for providing responsive suppression, illumination and obscuration--and these characteristics are about to improve in a big way.
Abu Dhabi Arkan Building Material Company, a provider of integrated building products and construction materials in the UAE, said it has commenced construction of its Dh100 million dry mortar plant in Al Mafraq for the production of pre-mixed mortars.
2 million) dry mortar plant at Al Mafraq in Abu Dhabi for the production of pre-mixed mortars.
In response, the Americans fired mortars, one of which hit a home in Chargoti village, killing a teenage couple and injuring a man, his wife and two of his children.