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[dih-stil] /dɪˈstɪl/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to undergo or perform distillation.
to become vaporized and then condensed in distillation.
to drop, pass, or condense as a distillate.
to fall in drops; trickle; exude.
Origin of distill
1325-75; Middle English distillen (< Anglo-French distiller) < Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, equivalent to dē- de- + stillāre to drip
Related forms
distillable, adjective
nondistillable, adjective
redistill, verb (used with object)
redistillable, adjective
redistillableness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There are a few women who distill loyalty out of declined passion; but not many.

    Blue-grass and Broadway Maria Thompson Daviess
  • How shall I thank you for allowing me, Susie the little, to distill your writings?

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • Old Tom Talbot, the grandfather, built the first brandy distillery in the state in order to distill brandy from beets.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • The product which then commences to distill is known as tailings.

  • Betty came over the next morning to spend the day and help Miss Recompense to distill.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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distill in Medicine

distill dis·till (dĭ-stĭl)
v. dis·tilled or dis·tilled, dis·till·ing or dis·til·ling, dis·tills or dis·tils

  1. To subject a substance to distillation.

  2. To separate a distillate by distillation.

  3. To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify a substance by distillation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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