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.
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.
- Also especially British, dis·til .
- dis·till·a·ble, adjective
- non·dis·till·a·ble, adjective
- re·dis·till, verb (used with object)
- re·dis·till·a·ble, adjective
- re·dis·till·a·ble·ness, noun
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How to use distill in a sentence
Still, Abovitz never figured out how to distill the magic produced by the enormous prototypes into a viable product, former employees said.Magic Leap tried to create an alternate reality. Its founder was already in one | Verne Kopytoff | September 26, 2020 | Fortune
The team will then take these proofs and try to distill the techniques, or strategies, that make them work.At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold | Kevin Hartnett | September 21, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
For our field guide to decision making, Quartz spoke to more than a dozen experts, and reviewed books and research to distill the critical steps.
It may be too soon to distill the lessons from these case studies.Sweatpants craze and DIY patios: What the pandemic has taught design-led businesses—so far | claychandler | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
Given one of these highly structured lists, Roth had the idea to distill its structure by mapping its “frequency spectrum,” using what’s called the Fourier transform.Landmark Math Proof Clears Hurdle in Top Erdős Conjecture | Erica Klarreich | August 3, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The process to fully distill the Scorpion Tail took three hours.When a Modern-Day Indiana Jones Met an Adventurous Gin Distiller | Ann Binlot | July 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Internet was created, it often seems, to distill complex political issues into not-so-complex memes.
"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 | Jordan Salcito | January 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the case of other authors of this series I have had to distill the essence of their philosophy from the leaves of many volumes.Major Prophets of To-Day | Edwin E. Slosson
That in stoking a fire, a small amount should be added at a time because of the heat required to warm and distill the fresh coal.
At six eyes he wept: the tears Adown three chins distill'd with bloody foam.The Vision of Hell, Complete | Dante Alighieri
The words foretell, distill, instill and fulfill, retain the ll of their primitives.Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889 | Barkham Burroughs
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