verb (used with or without object), dis·tilled, dis·til·ling. Chiefly British.

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Historical Examples of distil

  • 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.


    Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger

  • I do not attempt to distil them out of fact as physicists distil their laws.

British Dictionary definitions for distil


US distill

verb -tils, -tills, -tilling or -tilled

to subject to or undergo distillationSee also rectify (def. 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 distillationto distil whisky
to exude or give off (a substance) in drops or small quantities
(tr) to extract the essence of as if by distillation
Derived Formsdistillable, adjective

Word Origin for distil

C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip
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