verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM retortre·tort·er, noun
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Definition for retort (2 of 2)
- 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.
verb (used with object)
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Example sentences from the Web for retort
My grandfather’s witty retort kept coming to mind this year.Tallying up a year of loss: A lot of pounds, too many loved ones, countless connections|Jerry Brewer|December 27, 2020|Washington Post
Here's a Boehner retort to Sean Hannity (via Buzzfeed's Rebecca Berg).
The retort will come from our comrades on the right that his business experience matters more than governmental experience.
Conservatives will retort, "This just means you simpletons don't understand high finance."
And the retort, damning as it is unassailable, is simply this: 46 days.What Got George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder|Jelani Cobb|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Before she had time to think of a retort, Linda saw Tania beckoning her.Inside Tania Head’s Terrible 9/11 Lie: ‘The Woman Who Wasn’t There’|Robin Gaby Fisher, Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr.|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The retort ought to fill the furnace, so as to leave only the distance of an inch between it and the inside of the furnace.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
Perceiving delicious danger in the virgin's face, James continued before she could retort, "I hope Susan wasn't gored?"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)|Arnold Bennett
Connery was about to order Mrs. Thropp out of the room as an impostor, but she would not be denied her retort.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
The gas comes off and is absorbed readily by the water upon applying a gentle heat to the retort.
The retort which we might have given to him was crushed under a silent fuming, for he was still the Pasha!