What does the word retort mean?

Usage examples for retort

  1. The retort was easy and conclusive. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  2. Hazel frowned; but she wanted a promise from Vessons, so she made no retort. – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  3. If it is, retort I, bluntly, still speaking with a good deal of heat, it is your own fault! – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton