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.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats