[dis-tl-it, -eyt, dih-stil-it]


the product obtained from the condensation of vapors in distillation.
any concentration, essence, or abstraction.

Origin of distillate

1860–65; < Latin distillātus (past participle of distillāre to trickle down), equivalent to distill- distill + -ātus -ate1
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Also called: distillation the product of distillation
a concentrated essence
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Word Origin and History for distillate

"product of distillation," 1864; see distill + -ate (1).

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[dĭstə-lāt′, -lĭt, dĭ-stĭlĭt]


A liquid condensed from vapor in distillation.
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