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

Examples of distillation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French Calvados is kept to tight strictures — distillation in alembic stills, fermentation on the lees - to ensure quality and a connection with the land, giving Jordan and Etherington-Judge the ability to watch each step closely. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 1 June 2021 This classification doesn’t mean the gin has to be made in London, however, just that nothing can be added after distillation (except for water and a small amount of sugar), among a few other technical points. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 12 May 2021 Following distillation, the rum is aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 16 May 2021 On the other hand, Project Starline is a distillation of much-larger volumetric capture studios. Lauren Goode, Wired, 18 May 2021 The new album is even tighter and more focused, a neater distillation of Royal Blood. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 That third distillation refines the finished product without dulling it down. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2021 The glues used by Neanderthals to fix stone to wood resulted from an advanced, multistage manufacturing process involving the distillation of pitch from birch-tar. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 The barley husks are burned in their own bio-powerplant to fuel the distillation, and the ashes used as fertilizer. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021

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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 20 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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