- 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.
- An example of distill is to create vodka.
- An example of distill is for water to drip from the faucet.
A device used to distill alcohol.
intransitive verbdistilled, distilling
- to fall in drops; trickle; drip
- to undergo distillation
- to be produced as the essence of something
Origin of distillMiddle English distillen ; from Old French distiller ; from Classical Latin distillare, for destillare, to trickle down ; from de-, down + stillare, to drop ; from 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.
verbdis·tilled, dis·till·ing, dis·tills also dis·tilled or dis·til·ling or dis·tils
- 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 of distillMiddle English distillen, from Old French distiller, from Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, to trickle : dē-, de- + stillāre, to drip (from stilla, drop).
(third-person singular simple present distills, present participle distilling, simple past and past participle distilled)
- To subject a substance to distillation.
- (intransitive) To undergo or be produced by distillation.
- To make by means of distillation, especially whisky.
- To exude in small drops.
- Firs distill resin.
- To impart in small quantities.
- To extract the essence of; concentrate; purify.
- (intransitive) To trickle down or fall in small drops; ooze out.
- (intransitive) To be manifested gently or gradually.
- (intransitive) To drip or be wet with.