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retorts

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retort \Re*tort"\, verb (used with an object) [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}, noun, 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. --Shak.

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. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retort \Re*tort"\, verb (used without an object) To return an argument or a charge; to make a severe reply. --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retort \Re*tort"\, noun [See {Retort}, verb (used with an object)]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

retort

noun

1: a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher" [syn: {rejoinder}, {retort}, {return}, {riposte}, {replication}, {comeback}, {counter}]

2: a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat

verb

1: answer back [syn: {retort}, {come back}, {repay}, {return}, {riposte}, {rejoin}]

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