[ dih-stil ]
/ dɪˈstɪl /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. distention,
  2. distich,
  3. distichia,
  4. distichous,
  5. distil,
  6. distilland,
  7. distillate,
  8. distillation,
  9. distillation column,
  10. distilled

Origin of distill

1325–75; Middle English distillen (< Anglo-French distiller) < Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, equivalent to dē- de- + stillāre to drip

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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

Medicine definitions for distill


[ dĭ-stĭl ]


To subject a substance to distillation.
To separate a distillate by distillation.
To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify a substance by distillation.

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