Tubulated retort
Retort Re*tort", n. [See {Retort}, v. t.] 1. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response. [1913 Webster]

This is called the retort courteous. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. [F. retorte (cf. Sp. retorta), fr. L. retortus, p. p. of retorquere. So named from its bent shape. See {Retort}, v. t.] (Chem. & the Arts) A vessel in which substances are subjected to distillation or decomposition by heat. It is made of different forms and materials for different uses, as a bulb of glass with a curved beak to enter a receiver for general chemical operations, or a cylinder or semicylinder of cast iron for the manufacture of gas in gas works. [1913 Webster]

{Tubulated retort} (Chem.), a retort having a tubulure for the introduction or removal of the substances which are to be acted upon. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Repartee; answer.

Usage: {Retort}, {Repartee}. A retort is a short and pointed reply, turning back on an assailant the arguments, censure, or derision he had thrown out. A repartee is usually a good-natured return to some witty or sportive remark. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tubulated retort — Tubulated Tu bu*la ted, a. Made in the form of a small tube; provided with a tube, or elongated opening. [1913 Webster] {Tubulated bottle} or {Tubulated retort} (Chem.), a bottle or retort having a stoppered opening for the introduction or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tubulated — Tu bu*la ted, a. Made in the form of a small tube; provided with a tube, or elongated opening. [1913 Webster] {Tubulated bottle} or {Tubulated retort} (Chem.), a bottle or retort having a stoppered opening for the introduction or removal of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tubulated bottle — Tubulated Tu bu*la ted, a. Made in the form of a small tube; provided with a tube, or elongated opening. [1913 Webster] {Tubulated bottle} or {Tubulated retort} (Chem.), a bottle or retort having a stoppered opening for the introduction or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retort — Re*tort , n. [See {Retort}, v. t.] 1. The return of, or reply to, an argument, charge, censure, incivility, taunt, or witticism; a quick and witty or severe response. [1913 Webster] This is called the retort courteous. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. [F …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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