|2.||to use (an argument) against its originator; turn the tables by saying (something)|
|3.||a sharp, angry, or witty reply|
|4.||an argument used against its originator|
|[C16: from Latin retorquēre to twist back, from |
|1.||a glass vessel with a round bulb and long tapering neck that is bent down, used esp in a laboratory for distillation|
|2.||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|
|3.||(tr) to heat in a retort|
|[C17: from French retorte, from Medieval Latin retorta, from Latin retorquēre to twist back; see |
retort re·tort (rĭ-tôrt', rē'tôrt')
A closed laboratory vessel with an outlet tube, used for distillation, sublimation, or decomposition by heat.
|retort (rĭ-tôrt', rē'-) Pronunciation Key
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.
vessel used for distillation of substances that are placed inside and subjected to heat. The simple form of retort, used in some laboratories, is a glass or metal bulb having a long, curved spout through which the distillate may pass to enter a receiving vessel. The design dates back to the cucurbit (flask) used by medieval alchemists.
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