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[dih-stil] /dɪˈstɪl/
verb (used with or without object), distilled, distilling. Chiefly British.
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  • And now the King began to distil the elixir of life with their aid.

  • Even jealousy had begun to distil its poison—“Don Santiago!”

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • However, if it was the last he'll just have to turn to and distil some more.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • Pour out thy venom, and do not distil it upon me drop by drop.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
  • I do not attempt to distil them out of fact as physicists distil their laws.

    First and Last Things H. G. Wells
  • It is ten thousand times worse when laws are broken to distil it.

    The Boy Scouts' Mountain Camp

    John Henry Goldfrap
  • Truly, there is a spirit of compensation in this life, if we could only “distil it forth.”

  • It is one of the least volatile oils, and the most difficult to distil.

  • A birch-still is a place where they distil birch-oil out of birch-bark.

    Little Mitchell Margaret W. Morley
British Dictionary definitions for distil


verb -tils, -tills, -tilling, -tilled
to subject to or undergo distillation See also rectify (sense 2)
sometimes foll by out or off. to purify, separate, or concentrate, or be purified, separated, or concentrated by distillation
to obtain or be obtained by distillation: to distil whisky
to exude or give off (a substance) in drops or small quantities
(transitive) to extract the essence of as if by distillation
Derived Forms
distillable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip
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