reply-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a verbal answer, written or spoken

Commentary: REPLY[+event][+speech_act][+answer][+to_question]

John made a sarcastic reply to Mary's question.
We received a reply to our letter from the managing director.
I am writing in reply to your inquiry about a summer internship.

PropBank: reply.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: a non-verbal response or gesture to an action

Commentary: REPLY[+event][+response][+gesture][+to_action]

The chess master's reply to the check with a queen sacrifice surprised his opponent.
The soldiers sent a barrage of gunfire in reply to the enemy's offense.
He taught that the best reply to anger is compassion.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 3: the legal response of a plaintiff to a defendant's plea

Commentary: REPLY[+event][+speech_act][+legal][+response][+of_plaintiff][+to_plea][+of_defendant]
NOTE: a narrow, legal usage of sense 1

What will be the plaintiff's reply to this plea of not guilty?
Her attorneys are preparing a reply to the defendant's plea.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1d