obtained or produced by distillation.

Origin of distilled

1425–75; late Middle English. See distill, -ed2
Related formsun·dis·tilled, adjective



verb (used with or without object), dis·tilled, dis·til·ling. Chiefly British.



verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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.

Origin of distill

1325–75; Middle English distillen (< Anglo-French distiller) < Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, equivalent to dē- de- + stillāre to drip
Related formsdis·till·a·ble, adjectivenon·dis·till·a·ble, adjectivere·dis·till, verb (used with object)re·dis·till·a·ble, adjectivere·dis·till·a·ble·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for distilled

Contemporary Examples of distilled

Historical Examples of distilled

  • She is the living, distilled essence of Conservative mothers.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • There are other waters which are called juices and are distilled through plants.



  • Solinski released his grip, snatched a bottle of distilled water and swung.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • After this, do not add anything but distilled water to the battery solution.

  • Immerse the negatives in distilled water for ten to twelve hours.

British Dictionary definitions for distilled


US distill

verb -tils, -tills, -tilling or -tilled

to subject to or undergo distillationSee also rectify (def. 2)
(sometimes foll by out or off) to purify, separate, or concentrate, or be purified, separated, or concentrated by distillation
to obtain or be obtained by distillationto distil whisky
to exude or give off (a substance) in drops or small quantities
(tr) to extract the essence of as if by distillation
Derived Formsdistillable, adjective

Word Origin for distil

C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip
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Word Origin and History for distilled



also distil, late 14c., from Old French distiller (14c.), from Latin distillare "trickle down in minute drops," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stillare "to drip, drop," from stilla "drop." Related: Distilled; distilling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

distilled in Medicine




To subject a substance to distillation.
To separate a distillate by distillation.
To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify a substance by distillation.
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