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- (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈtɔɹt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈtɔːt/
Audio (UK) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t
- Hyphenation: re‧tort
retort (plural retorts)
sharp or witty reply
- To say something sharp or witty in answer to a remark or accusation.
- To make a remark which reverses an argument upon its originator; to return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility.
- to retort the charge of vanity
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- And with retorted scorn his back he turned.
- To bend or curve back.
- a retorted line
- (Can we date this quote by Southey and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- With retorted head, pruned themselves as they floated.
- To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
- As when his virtues, shining upon others, / Heat them and they retort that heat again / To the first giver.
To say something sharp or witty in answer to a remark or accusation
to retort; to throw back — see return
retort (plural retorts)
- (chemistry) A flask with a rounded base and a long neck that is bent down and tapered, used to heat a liquid for distillation.
- 1893, Conan Doyle, Arthur, The Naval Treaty, Norton, page 670:
- A large curved retort was boiling furiously in the bluish flame of a Bunsen burner, and the distilled drops were condensing into a two-litre measure.
- A airtight vessel in which material is subjected to high temperatures in the chemical industry or as part of an industrial manufacturing process, especially during the smelting and forging of metal.
- A pressure cooker
- March 1920, Alice Ballantine Kirjassoff, “FORMOSA THE BEAUTIFUL”, in National Geographic Magazine, page 268:
- The retort is above boiling water. Beneath is a furnace. To the right a man is removing the chips from which the camphor has been extracted.
flask used for distillation
retort f or n (plural retorten)