trench mortar

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trench mortar (plural trench mortars)

  1. A small mortar designed to fire shells from one trench to an enemy trench.
    • 1929, Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Folio Society 2008, p. 64:
      The medical captain, ‘What hit you?’ Me, with the eyes shut, ‘A trench-mortar shell.’