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.
- dis·til·la·to·ry [dih-stil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /dɪˈstɪl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, dis·til·la·tive [dih-stil-uh-tiv], /dɪˈstɪl ə tɪv/, adjective
- non·dis·til·la·tion, noun
- re·dis·til·la·tion, noun
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How to use distillation in a sentence
Preceding all those Gen Z memes and TikToks about the tragic unhipness of skinny jeans and Harry Potter fandom, that pitch-perfect first season was a prescient distillation of millennial anxieties about their waning cultural relevance.
The memo was a distillation of the points Gloria had already raised at two City Council meetings that same year.City Tried to Withhold Memo That Was Already Public | Jesse Marx | June 8, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Arak is from the Arabic word for “sweat,” which is sort of unappetizing but also accurately describes the distillation process in action.Reinventing the World’s Oldest Spirit for the Modern Drinker | Wayne Curtis | June 7, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The Waterloo researchers wanted to take the distillation process further.A radical new technique lets AI learn with practically no data | Karen Hao | October 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The result is a perfect distillation of the ethos of The Flavor Equation, which comes out on October 27 and is featured in Eater’s fall 2020 cookbook preview.This Baked Sweet Potato Recipe Will Enliven All of Your Senses | Patty Diez | October 6, 2020 | Eater
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 | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the copper performs another important function: working as a catalyst in the distillation process.
Why the size and shape of a copper still is at the core of whisky distillation.
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.
The yield was increased by acidulating the mixture with sulphuric acid before the distillation.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron) | William Anderson Syme
By distillation a small quantity of oil was isolated, which possesses the characteristic odor of the preparation.
He has repeatedly obtained it from distillation from human pathological fluids.
From the tincture prepared with proof spirit, by distillation and evaporation.
Anthracene is one of the last products passing over in the dry distillation of coal-tar.
British Dictionary definitions for distillation
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 components: See 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
- distillatory, adjective
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Scientific definitions for distillation
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.
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Cultural definitions for distillation
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.
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