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distill

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distill

verb dis·till \di-ˈstil\

: to make (a liquid) pure by heating it until it becomes a gas and then cooling it until it is a liquid again : to purify (a liquid) by distillation

: to make (a strong alcoholic drink) by using this process

: to take the most important parts of something and put them in a different and usually improved form

dis·tilleddis·till·ing

Full Definition of DISTILL

transitive verb
1
:  to let fall, exude, or precipitate in drops or in a wet mist
2
a :  to subject to or transform by distillation <distill molasses into rum>
b :  to obtain by or as if by distillation <distill whiskey> <able to distill humor from personal loss>
c :  to extract the essence of :  concentrate
intransitive verb
1
a :  to fall or materialize in drops or in a fine moisture
b :  to appear slowly or in small quantities at a time
2
a :  to undergo distillation
b :  to perform distillation

Variants of DISTILL

dis·till also dis·til \di-ˈstil\

Examples of DISTILL

  1. They distill the whiskey from malted barley.
  2. He has perfectly distilled the meaning of the holiday into a poem.

Origin of DISTILL

Middle English distillen, from Anglo-French distiller, from Late Latin distillare, alteration of Latin destillare, from de- + stillare to drip, from stilla drop
First Known Use: 14th century

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Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

distill

verb dis·till   (Medical Dictionary)
dis·tilleddis·till·ing

Medical Definition of DISTILL

transitive verb
1
:  to subject to or transform by distillation
2
:  to obtain by or as if by distillation
3
:  to obtain an extract from (as a plant) by infusion and distillation <making medicines by distilling herbs>
intransitive verb
1
:  to undergo distillation
2
:  to condense or drop from a still after distillation

Variants of DISTILL

dis·till also dis·til \dis-ˈtil\

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