Definition of distillate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪstɪleɪt/


Something formed by distillation: petroleum distillates [mass noun]: natural gas mixed with distillate
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  • Also, it is no longer economically efficient to use natural gas or high-level petroleum distillates as boiler fuel.
  • Be careful of the orange cleaner you buy, many contain petroleum distillates that dry certain fabrics and material.
  • Gases are generated from the burning of fossil fuels such as natural gas and petroleum distillates.


Mid 19th century: from Latin distillatus 'fallen in drops', from the verb distillare (see distil).

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