distillation

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

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
2 : something distilled : distillate sense 2

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In response, major producers developed continuous distillation, which is more like a series of teapots linked together. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "Micro Distilling Goes Macro," 27 May 2016 The plans presented to the commission include a sampling area and a separate 2,200-square-foot room for distillation and fermentation, with equipment towering nearly 19 feet. Diane Moca, Naperville Sun, "Craft distillery hoping to open in old Nichols Library wins enthusiastic support of liquor commission," 9 June 2018 Rose water, a liquid made from the steam distillation of rose petals, is a homeopathic beauty treatment used since ancient Egypt. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beauty Benefits of Rose Water," 8 Feb. 2019 Arctic, the first feature film from Brazilian director Joe Penna (mainly known before his Cannes debut for his popular YouTube channel), is one of the purest distillations of that centuries-old struggle. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 Feb. 2019 Most essential oils get made with a process called steam distillation, essentially when steam is passed through raw plant material (like ginger or lavender), causing the aromatic compounds in the plants to then vaporize. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Ginger Oil for Swelling and Inflammation, According to a Dermatologist," 15 Jan. 2019 In church, teaching from the Bible, Mr. Jimmy becomes to his followers the purest distillation, then, of some post-presidency ideal, some secular saint. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Carter for Higher Office," 26 June 2018 The second distillation separates the compounds by boiling points, and only the hearts (the ethanol or drinking alcohol) make it into the final spirit, which at this point is about 80 percent alcohol. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Applejack Whiskey," 24 Nov. 2016 Naphthalene is obtained from coal tar or petroleum distillation and is used in the manufacture of plastics and is found in mothballs, according to the website PubChem. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Police investigate whether father gave children poisoned doughnuts to take to his estranged wife," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of distillation

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

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distillation

noun
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

distillation

noun
dis·​til·​la·​tion | \ ˌdis-tə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce distillation (audio) \

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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