- 1Purify (a liquid) by vaporizing it, then condensing it by cooling the vapor, and collecting the resulting liquid: they managed to distill a small quantity of water (as adjective distilled) dip the slide in distilled waterMore example sentences
- The mine later built a condensing plant and distilled the water pumped from the shafts.
- If they said distilled water won't boil, they are incorrect.
- Touted by some as water's purest form, distilled water is produced by condensing steam from boiled water back into its liquid state.
- 1.1Make (something, especially liquor or an essence) in this way: whiskey is distilled from a mash of grains (as noun distilling) the distilling industryMore example sentences
- A spirit is distilled from the stalks thus prepared, by first fermenting them with water and either mingling bilberries with them or not.
- Spirit labelled ‘brandy’ must be distilled from wine made from the fermentation of grapes.
- They also introduced tombo beer which is brewed from sorghum, and kashipembes which is distilled from a variety of wild fruits and berries.
- 1.2Extract the essence of (something) by heating it with a solvent.More example sentences
- Organic oils are distilled or extracted from plants that are grown without pesticides.
- The hairs were treated in special containers to distill amino acid, the most common substance contained in soybean sauce.
- As the steam condenses, the essential oil is distilled from the water.
- 1.3Remove (a volatile constituent) of a mixture by using heat: coal tar is made by distilling out the volatile products in coalMore example sentences
- Krill oil, and most fish oil concentrates, are molecularly distilled to remove heavy metals.
- To aid purification, TiO 2 has to be transformed into its corresponding tetrachloride, which is volatile and therefore easier to distil.
- About one third of the smoke constituents, including nicotine, distil out of tobacco in this region.
- 1.4 [no object] • literary Emanate as a vapor or in minute drops: she drew back from the dank breath that distilled out of the earthMore example sentences
- The humpback weatherfront now hauls slow tarps of rain across our hills, but what is the pool where praise distils?
- I don't write messy realism; I write philosophically-driven, distilled, and consciously framed fiction.
- The strawberries smothered in zabaglione which I had for dessert are summer itself distilled in a bowl.
- 2Extract the essential meaning or most important aspects of: my travel notes were distilled into a book (as adjective distilled) the employee report is a distilled version of the main accountsMore example sentences
- The singing itself distills the essence of American popular music in Charles's patented style.
- Yet how does one distill the Orphic essence from its various and utterly distinctive incarnations?
- By this time, results from years of research and analysis had been distilled.
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- An aliquot of the ethanol-soluble fraction was used to distill ethanol with a small distillatory apparatus.
- Julian turned to view the progress of the distillatory furnace before he answered her.
- A useful distillatory apparatus has been contrived by Joseph P. Remington for recovering alcohol from weak percolates.
late Middle English: from Latin distillare, variant of destillare, from de- 'down, away' + stillare (from stilla 'a drop').