Distillation is defined as a refining process that collects the pure liquid or vapors given off by heating and then cooling a mixture.
An example of distillation is how vodka is made from a grain.
- a distilling; specif., the process of first heating a mixture to separate the more volatile from the less volatile parts, and then cooling and condensing the resulting vapor so as to produce a more nearly pure or refined substance
- anything distilled; distillate
- The evaporation and subsequent collection of a liquid by condensation as a means of purification: the distillation of water.
- The extraction of the volatile components of a mixture by the condensation and collection of the vapors that are produced as the mixture is heated: petroleum distillation.
- A distillate.
simple distillation of water
(countable and uncountable, plural distillations)
- The act of falling in drops, or the act of pouring out in drops.
- That which falls in drops.
- (chemistry, chemical engineering) The separation of the volatile parts of a substance from the more fixed; specifically, the operation of driving off gas or vapor from volatile liquids or solids, by heat in a retort or still, and the condensation of the products as far as possible by a cool receiver, alembic, or condenser; rectification; vaporization; condensation; as, the distillation of illuminating gas and coal, of alcohol from sour mash, or of boric acid in steam.
- The substance extracted by distilling.
OriginSee also: distillâtion
From Latin distillātiō, distillātiōnem.