[ dih-stil ]
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verb (used with object),dis·tilled, dis·til·ling.
  1. to subject to a process of vaporization and subsequent condensation, as for purification or concentration.

  2. to extract the volatile components of by distillation; transform by distillation.

  1. to concentrate, purify, or obtain by or as by distillation: to distill whiskey from mash.

  2. to remove by distillation (usually followed by off or out): to distill out impurities.

  3. to extract the essential elements of; refine; abstract: She managed to distill her ideas into one succinct article.

  4. to let fall in drops; give forth in or as in drops: The cool of the night distills the dew.

verb (used without object),dis·tilled, dis·til·ling.
  1. to undergo or perform distillation.

  2. to become vaporized and then condensed in distillation.

  1. to drop, pass, or condense as a distillate.

  2. to fall in drops; trickle; exude.

Origin of distill

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English distillen (from Anglo-French distiller ), from Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, equivalent to dē- de- + stillāre to drip
  • Also especially British, dis·til .

Other words from distill

  • 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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