Associations to the word «Retort»


RETORT, noun. A sharp or witty reply, or one which turns an argument against its originator; a comeback.
RETORT, verb. To say something sharp or witty in answer to a remark or accusation.
RETORT, verb. To make a remark which reverses an argument upon its originator; to return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or incivility.
RETORT, verb. To bend or curve back.
RETORT, verb. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
RETORT, noun. (chemistry) A flask with a rounded base and a long neck that is bent down and tapered, used to heat a liquid for distillation.
RETORT, noun. A container in which material is subjected to high temperatures as part of an industrial manufacturing process, especially during the smelting and forging of metal.
RETORT, verb. (transitive) To heat in a retort.
RETORT POUCH, noun. A kind of food packaging made from a laminate of flexible plastic and metal foils.
RETORT POUCHES, noun. Plural of retort pouch
RETORT STAND, noun. (chemistry) An item of laboratory equipment which consists of a metal pole with a solid, firm base, used to hold, or clamp, laboratory glassware and other equipment in place, so that they do not fall down or come apart.

Dictionary definition

RETORT, noun. A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher".
RETORT, noun. A vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat.
RETORT, verb. Answer back.

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