distill

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verb dis·till \di-ˈstil\

Definition of distill

distilled

;

distilling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to let fall, exude, or precipitate (see 1precipitate 3b) in drops or in a wet mist <some caves are dry, others distill water from invisible rifts — Norman Douglas>

  3. 2a :  to purify or transform (a liquid) by successive evaporation and condensation :  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 <distill the experience into a poem>

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

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

Examples of distill in a sentence

  1. They distill the whiskey from malted barley.

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

Variants of distill

or less commonly

distil

Origin and Etymology 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 Defined for English Language Learners

distill

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verb dis·till \di-ˈstil\

Definition of distill for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DISTILL Defined for Kids

distill

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verb dis·till \di-ˈstil\

Definition of distill for Students

distilled

distilling

  1. :  to make (a liquid) pure by heating it until it becomes a gas and then cooling it until it becomes a liquid <distill water>

distiller

noun

Variants of distill

also

distil

\di-ˈstil\

Medical Dictionary

distill

verb dis·till

Medical Definition of distill

distilled

;

distilling

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to subject to or transform by distillation

  4. 2:  to obtain by or as if by distillation

  5. 3:  to obtain an extract from (as a plant) by infusion and distillation <making medicines by distilling herbs>

  6. 1

  7. intransitive verb

  8. :  to undergo distillation

  9. 2:  to condense or drop from a still after distillation

Variants of distill

also

distil

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