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Definition of distillation

1a : the process of purifying a liquid by successive evaporation and condensation
b : a process like distillation gradual distillation of the truth also : an instance of such distilling

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Recent Examples on the Web This simply means that the tequila isn’t aged, and is bottled shortly after distillation. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The Cincinnati Reds payoff from the 2020 MLB draft is years away," 11 June 2020 Such fine gradations mean everything in Bennett’s fictional town, where colorism runs rampant among its African-American residents – a distillation of real historical attitudes whose bitter legacy endures today. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Vanishing Half’ is a compelling novel on race and home," 10 June 2020 Who, at some point in their lives, hasn’t viewed sporting and artistic excellence as the perfect distillation of human potential? George The Poet, Time, "Black Excellence Is Not Just a Hashtag. It’s an Economic Lifeline," 5 June 2020 Barring the last option, all these policies carry positive environmental implications for shipping companies as cuts to emissions from vessel fuel—typically a heavy fuel derived from crude oil distillation—are a win for the... Gonçalo Lousada, WSJ, "Coronavirus: IMO 2020 Compliance Weakens as Companies Weather the Storm — ESG Insight," 4 June 2020 Each public sign is a distillation of human psychology, cultural anthropology, urban design, user design principles, and graphic design, on top of the politics of its constituents. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "The sophisticated design behind a simple coronavirus sign," 3 June 2020 An invariant is a distillation of some innate quality of the object, often in the form of a single number. Quanta Magazine, "In a Single Measure, Invariants Capture the Essence of Math Objects," 2 June 2020 In the simplest terms, dunder refers to what’s left in the still after distillation. al, "Meet the man leading a rum revolution in Birmingham," 24 May 2020 The name Mayawell is a play on Mayahuel, the Aztec name for the goddess of agave, a spiny-leafed plant native to the Americas that people have long fermented into alcoholic drinks, and eventually learned to strengthen through distillation. Eric Velasco, al, "Mayawell bar familiarizes Birmingham with agave spirits," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of distillation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Distillation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distillation. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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dis·​til·​la·​tion | \ ˌdi-stə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce distillation (audio) \

Kids Definition of distillation

: the process of heating a liquid until it gives off a gas and then cooling the gas until it becomes liquid


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Medical Definition of distillation

1 : a process that consists of driving gas or vapor from liquids or solids by heating and condensing to liquid products and that is used especially for purification, fractionation, or the formation of new substances
2 : something distilled

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