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Meaning of RETORT

Pronunciation:  ri'tort

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat
  2. [n]  a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
  3. [v]  answer back

RETORT is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: come back, comeback, counter, rejoin, rejoinder, repay, replication, return, return, riposte, riposte
 See Also: alembic, answer, back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, reply, reply, respond, response, sass, sassing, still, vessel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*tort"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retorted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Retorting}.] [L. retortus, p. p. of retorquere; pref. re-
    re- + torquere to turn twist. See {Torsion}, and cf.
    {Retort}, n., 2.]
    1. To bend or curve back; as, a retorted line.
             With retorted head, pruned themselves as they
             floated.                              --Southey.
    2. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
             As when his virtues, shining upon others, Heat them
             and they retort that heat again To the first giver.
    3. To return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or
       incivility; as, to retort the charge of vanity.
             And with retorted scorn his back he turned.
  2. \Re*tort"\, v. i.
    To return an argument or a charge; to make a severe reply.
  3. \Re*tort"\, n. [See {Retort}, v. t.]
    1. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure,
       incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or
       severe response.
             This is called the retort courteous.  --Shak.
    2. [F. retorte (cf. Sp. retorta), fr. L. retortus, p. p. of
       retorquere. So named from its bent shape. See {Retort}, v.
       t.] (Chem. & the Arts) A vessel in which substances are
       subjected to distillation or decomposition by heat. It is
       made of different forms and materials for different uses,
       as a bulb of glass with a curved beak to enter a receiver
       for general chemical operations, or a cylinder or
       semicylinder of cast iron for the manufacture of gas in
       gas works.
    {Tubulated retort} (Chem.), a retort having a tubulure for
       the introduction or removal of the substances which are to
       be acted upon.
    Syn: Repartee; answer.
    Usage: {Retort}, {Repartee}. A retort is a short and pointed
           reply, turning back on an assailant the arguments,
           censure, or derision he had thrown out. A repartee is
           usually a good-natured return to some witty or
           sportive remark.