re|tort1 «rih TRT», verb, noun.
to reply quickly or sharply.
1. to say in sharp reply: »

“It's none of your business,” he retorted.

2. to return in kind; turn back on: »

to retort insult for insult or blow for blow.

1. the act of retorting.
2. a sharp or witty reply, especially one that turns the first speaker's statement or argument against him: »

“Why are your teeth so sharp?” asked Red Ridinghood. “The better to eat you with” was the wolf's retort.

[< Latin retortus, past participle of retorquēre turn back < re- back + torquēre to twist]
re|tort2 «rih TRT, REE trt», noun, verb.
1. a container used for distilling or decomposing substances by heat.
2. a container for heating an ore to separate the metal by distillation.
to distill by heating in a retort: »

Retorting of this mass of broken shale in place might release an additional 25 million barrels of petroleum products (Scientific American).

[< Vulgar Latin retorta, (originally) feminine past participle of Latin retorquēre; see etym. under retort1 (Cf.retort)]

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