- the volatilization or evaporation and subsequent condensation of a liquid, as when water is boiled in a retort and the steam is condensed in a cool receiver.
- the purification or concentration of a substance, the obtaining of the essence or volatile properties contained in it, or the separation of one substance from another, by such a process.
- a product of distilling; distillate.
- the act or fact of distilling or the state of being distilled.
Origin of distillation
Examples from the Web for distillation
Contemporary Examples of distillation
Desert Golfing is the distillation of Angry Birds into its purest essence.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
But the copper performs another important function: working as a catalyst in the distillation process.
The low wine then goes through a second distillation phase in a smaller spirit still—but more on that in a moment.
To produce deliciously smooth drams of single malt, the region has refined the ancient art of distillation.
They brag that they focus their “complete attention on executing each step of the distillation process.”Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
July 28, 2014
Historical Examples of distillation
Yes, but not exhaustion, for I was only able to perform the distillation once.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
This represents the process of distillation of country liquor.
It boils at about 950° and can therefore be purified by distillation.
These two compounds are gases and are formed in the distillation of wood and bones.
They are separated by distillation at different temperatures.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
- the act, process, or product of distilling
- the process of evaporating or boiling a liquid and condensing its vapour
- purification or separation of mixture by using different evaporation rates or boiling points of their componentsSee also fractional distillation
- the process of obtaining the essence or an extract of a substance, usually by heating it in a solvent
- another name for distillate (def. 1)
- a concentrated essence
late 14c., "process of distilling," from Late Latin distillationem (nominative distillatio), noun of action from past participle stem of distillare (see distill). Meaning "product of distilling" is from 1590s.
- The evaporation and subsequent collection of a liquid by condensation as a means of purification.
- The extraction of the volatile components of a mixture by the condensation and collection of the vapors that are produced as the mixture is heated.
- A method of separating a substance that is in solution from its solvent or of separating a liquid from a mixture of liquids having different boiling points. The liquid to be separated is evaporated (as by boiling), and its vapor is then collected after it condenses. Distillation is used to separate fresh water from a salt solution and gasoline from petroleum.♦ The condensed vapor, which is the purified liquid, is called the distillate.
In chemistry, the separating of the constituents of a liquid by boiling it and then condensing the vapor that results. Distillation can be used to purify water or other substances, or to remove one component from a complex mixture, as when gasoline is distilled from crude oil or alcohol from a mash. When water is purified by distillation, it is boiled in a container, and the steam is sent into cooling tubes. The steam is condensed and then collected as purified water in a second container. The impurities in the water are left behind in the first container and can be discarded.