distillation

noun

dis·​til·​la·​tion ˌdi-stə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce distillation (audio)
1
a
: 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

Examples of distillation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After distillation, whiskey is transferred to oak barrels at no higher than 125 proof (62.5 percent alcohol), a figure mandated by law, before being rolled into warehouses to age. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 4 Feb. 2024 The speech went viral, promoted by various conservative and right-wing voices as a clear distillation of what was wrong with modern society. Lucía Cholakian Herrera Sarah Pabst, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 The scope of the real-life city is filtered out in favor of a dazzlingly ornate distillation. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2024 This special is a gorgeous distillation of Buress’ sharp craft and unique observational perspective. Eric Farwell, EW.com, 9 Jan. 2024 The extraction process involves converting CBD into delta 8 THC through various methods such as isomerization or distillation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2023 Olsen: And the way in that episode, the way that each of the siblings get like a moment on the phone with Logan that sort of becomes this distillation of their relationship with him, those moments. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Unlike reverse osmosis, which removes salt and other contaminants by pushing water through a semipermeable membrane, multistage flash distillation relies on heat. Arielle Paul, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Amazon says that is a distillation by AI from the text of nearly 40,000 customer reviews. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of distillation was in the 14th century

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“Distillation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distillation. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

distillation

noun
dis·​til·​la·​tion ˌdis-tə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce distillation (audio)
: a process of heating a liquid or solid until it sends off a vapor and then cooling the vapor until it becomes liquid

Medical Definition

distillation

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