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distill

verb dis·till \di-ˈstil\

Simple Definition of distill

  • : 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

Full Definition of distill

dis·tilleddis·till·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to let fall, exude, or precipitate in drops or in a wet mist

  3. 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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to fall or materialize in drops or in a fine moisture b :  to appear slowly or in small quantities at a time

  6. 2 a :  to undergo distillation b :  to perform distillation

Examples of distill

  1. They distill the whiskey from malted barley.

  2. He has perfectly distilled the meaning of the holiday into a poem.



Variants of distill

also dis·til play \di-ˈstil\

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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distill

verb dis·till

Medical Definition of distill

dis·tilleddis·till·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to subject to or transform by distillation

  3. 2:  to obtain by or as if by distillation

  4. 3:  to obtain an extract from (as a plant) by infusion and distillation <making medicines by distilling herbs>

  5. intransitive verb

  6. 1:  to undergo distillation

  7. 2:  to condense or drop from a still after distillation



Variants of distill

also dis·til \dis-ˈtil\play


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