verb (used with object)
to reply to, usually in a sharp or retaliatory way; reply in kind to.
to return (an accusation, epithet, etc.) upon the person uttering it.
to answer (an argument or the like) by another to the contrary.
a severe, incisive, or witty reply, especially one that counters a first speaker’s statement, argument, etc.
the act of retorting.
a vessel, commonly a glass bulb with a long neck bent downward, used for distilling or decomposing substances by heat.
a refractory chamber, generally cylindrically shaped, within which some substance, as ore or coal, is heated as part of a smelting or manufacturing process.
an airtight, usually cylindrical vessel of fire clay or iron, used in the destructive distillation chiefly of coal and wood in the manufacture of illuminating gas.
a sterilizer for food cans.
verb (used with object)
to sterilize food after it is sealed in a container, by steam or other heating methods.
Chemistry. to subject (shale, ore, etc.) to heat and possibly reduced pressure in order to produce fuel oil, metal, etc.
(when transitive, takes a clause as object) to utter (something) quickly, sharply, wittily, or angrily, in response
to use (an argument) against its originator; turn the tables by saying (something)
a sharp, angry, or witty reply
an argument used against its originator
a glass vessel with a round bulb and long tapering neck that is bent down, used esp in a laboratory for distillation
a vessel in which large quantities of material may be heated, esp one used for heating ores in the production of metals or heating coal to produce gas
(transitive) to heat in a retort
retort re·tort (rĭ-tôrt’, rē’tôrt’)
A closed laboratory vessel with an outlet tube, used for distillation, sublimation, or decomposition by heat.
A glass laboratory vessel in the shape of a bulb with a long, downward-pointing outlet tube. It is used for distillation or decomposition by heat.
verb (used with object) 1. to reply to, usually in a sharp or retaliatory way; reply in kind to. 2. to return (an accusation, epithet, etc.) upon the person uttering it. 3. to answer (an argument or the like) by another to the contrary. noun 4. a severe, incisive, or witty reply, especially one that […]
noun 1. the act of turning or bending back. 2. retaliation. 3. International Law. retorsion. noun, International Law. 1. retaliation or reprisal by one state identical or similar to an act by an offending state, such as high tariffs or discriminating duties. noun 1. the act of retorting 2. a variant spelling of retorsion noun […]
verb (used with object) 1. to improve with new touches, highlights, or the like; touch up or rework, as a painting or makeup. 2. Photography. to alter (a negative or positive) after development by adding or removing lines, lightening areas, etc., with a pencil, brush, or knife. 3. to dye, tint, or bleach (a new […]
verb (used with object), retraced, retracing. 1. to trace backward; go back over: to retrace one’s steps. 2. to go back over with the memory. 3. to go over again with the sight or attention. 4. re-trace. verb (used with object), re-traced, re-tracing. 1. to trace again, as lines in writing or drawing. verb (transitive) […]