re·tort /rɪˈtɔ(ə)rt, ˈrɪˌ/ 名詞
Re·tort, v. i. To return an argument or a charge; to make a severe reply.
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. 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.
Re·tort v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Retorting.]
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.
n 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, return, riposte, replication,
2: a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by
v : answer back [syn: come back, repay, return, riposte,