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RETORT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retort mean? 

RETORT (noun)
  The noun RETORT has 2 senses:

1. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
2. a vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat

  Familiarity information: RETORT used as a noun is rare.


RETORT (verb)
  The verb RETORT has 1 sense:

1. answer back

  Familiarity information: RETORT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETORT (noun)


Sense 1retort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

riposte; retort; rejoinder; comeback; replication; counter; return

Context example:

it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher

Hypernyms ("retort" is a kind of...):

reply; response (the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retort"):

back talk; backtalk; lip; mouth; sass; sassing (an impudent or insolent rejoinder)


Sense 2retort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vessel where substances are distilled or decomposed by heat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("retort" is a kind of...):

vessel (an object used as a container (especially for liquids))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retort"):

alembic (an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube)

Holonyms ("retort" is a part of...):

still (an apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed)


RETORT (verb)


Sense 1retort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Answer back

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

retort; rejoin; riposte; repay; come back; return

Hypernyms (to "retort" is one way to...):

answer; reply; respond (reply or respond to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They retort that there was a traffic accident


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