- to subject to a process of vaporization and subsequent condensation, as for purification or concentration.
- to extract the volatile components of by distillation; transform by distillation.
- to concentrate, purify, or obtain by or as by distillation: to distill whiskey from mash.
- to remove by distillation (usually followed by off or out): to distill out impurities.
- to extract the essential elements of; refine; abstract: She managed to distill her ideas into one succinct article.
- to let fall in drops; give forth in or as in drops: The cool of the night distills the dew.
Origin of distill
Examples from the Web for distill
The Internet was created, it often seems, to distill complex political issues into not-so-complex memes.Botticelli's Venus Gets Photoshop Treatment
May 25, 2014
"As long as we distill less than around two-hundred liters per month, the government doesn't seem to mind," he says.
Next, Murillo opens a bottle of their Special Edition, which they distill every six months on the solstice.
The Empress added a special clause for land-owning farmers, who were allowed to distill up to three hundred liters.What to Drink When it’s Cold? The Glory of Austrian Schnaps
January 25, 2014
“I want to see what happens when I distill wild mushrooms that I foraged in the park,” said Grasse.Art in the Age: Ex-Ad Man Steven Grasse’s Wonderfully Weird Spirits
August 4, 2012
How shall I thank you for allowing me, Susie the little, to distill your writings?Hortus Inclusus
A blade of grass is a mystery, if men would but distill it out.School Reading by Grades
Even youth, however, could distill but slender hope from this.Red Masquerade
Louis Joseph Vance
The product which then commences to distill is known as tailings.
There are a few women who distill loyalty out of declined passion; but not many.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
Word Origin and History for distill
also distil, late 14c., from Old French distiller (14c.), from Latin distillare "trickle down in minute drops," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stillare "to drip, drop," from stilla "drop." Related: Distilled; distilling.
- To subject a substance to distillation.
- To separate a distillate by distillation.
- To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify a substance by distillation.