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[dih-stil] /dɪˈstɪl/
verb (used with or without object), distilled, distilling. Chiefly British.
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  • Then distil with a somewhat stronger degree of heat, but still very gently, till nothing be left in the retort but a thick matter.

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

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • And now the King began to distil the elixir of life with their aid.

  • Pour out thy venom, and do not distil it upon me drop by drop.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
  • A strange letter to write to a lady, but more honeyed sentences will not distil.

    Mary Lamb Anne Burrows Gilchrist
  • Truly, there is a spirit of compensation in this life, if we could only “distil it forth.”

  • And how, then, is it possible, that unwholesomeness should distil from the udder of a cow?

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

  • You are the alchemist whose courage and hope shall help me distil some drop of Contentment out of this dreary existence.'

    The Little Colonel in Arizona Annie Fellows Johnston
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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