Distill is defined as to heat a mixture to separate its parts and then cool it to create a new substance, or to drip or to cause to drip.verb
- An example of distill is to create vodka.
- An example of distill is for water to drip from the faucet.
- to fall in drops; trickle; drip
- to undergo distillation
- to be produced as the essence of something
Origin: ME distillen < OFr distiller < L distillare, for destillare, to trickle down < de-, down + stillare, to drop < stilla, a drop: see stone
- to cause or allow to fall in drops
- to subject to, or purify or refine by, distillation: to distill water
- to remove, extract, or produce by distillation: to distill whiskey
- to purify, refine, or concentrate as if by distillation: to distill one's style
- to draw out or obtain the part that is essential, pure, etc.
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also dis·tilverb dis·tilled also dis·tilled, dis·till·ing also dis·til·ling, dis·tills also dis·tils verb, transitive
- To subject (a substance) to distillation.
- To separate (a distillate) by distillation.
- To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify by or as if by distillation.
- To separate or extract the essential elements of: distill the crucial points of the book.
- To exude or give off (matter) in drops or small quantities.
- To undergo or be produced by distillation.
- To fall or exude in drops or small quantities.
Origin: Middle English distillen, from Old French distiller, from Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, to trickle : dē-, de- + stillāre, to drip (from stilla, drop).
- dis·tillˈa·ble adjective
distill - Medical Definition
- To subject a substance to distillation.
- To separate a distillate by distillation.
- To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify a substance by distillation.