Definitions of retort

  1. To make a severe reply.
  2. To say in sharp rejoinder; reply sharply.
  3. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response.
  4. To return, as an argument or accusation; to say in sharp reply.
  5. To throw back: to return.
  6. To throw back; return.
  7. To return an argument or a charge; to make a severe reply.
  8. To make a quick, sharp answer; to return an argument or a charge.
  9. To bend back; make a severe reply.
  10. even the score, in sports
  11. To throw back; to return, as an argument, a charge, & c; to bend or curve back.
  12. To return or throw back, as an argument, an accusation, or an incivility; to make a severe reply.
  13. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
  14. To return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility; as, to retort the charge of vanity.
  15. 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.
  16. The reply to an argument, taunt, etc.; a quick and witty or severe response; a vessel used in distilling by heat.
  17. A ready and sharp reply: a witty answer: a vessel used in distillation, properly a spiral tube.
  18. A vessel with a bent tube, for distillation.
  19. A retaliatory speech.
  20. A sharp reply; a vessel used in distilling and decomposing substances.
  21. To bend or curve back; as, a retorted line.
  22. The return of an argument, censure, or incivility; a severe reply; a round- shaped chemical vessel having a long bent neck; an iron or fire- clay cylinder in a gaswork for charging with coal to be converted into gas; a distilling apparatus.