Definition of distill
- some caves are dry, others distill water from invisible rifts
- —Norman Douglas
- distill whiskey
- able to distill humor from personal loss
- distill the experience into a poem
They distill the whiskey from malted barley.
He has perfectly distilled the meaning of the holiday into a poem.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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