The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Retort \Re*tort"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retorted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Retorting.] [L. retortus, p. p. of retorquere; pref. re-
re- + torquere to turn twist. See Torsion, and cf.
Retort, n., 2.]
1. To bend or curve back; as, a retorted line.
With retorted head, pruned themselves as they
2. To throw back; to reverberate; to reflect.
As when his virtues, shining upon others,
Heat them and they retort that heat again
To the first giver. --Shak.
3. To return, as an argument, accusation, censure, or
incivility; as, to retort the charge of vanity.
And with retorted scorn his back he turned.