distil

[[t]dɪstɪ̱l[/t]]
distils, distilling, distilled
(in AM, use distill)
1) VERB If a liquid such as whisky or water is distilled, it is heated until it changes into steam or vapour and then cooled until it becomes liquid again. This is usually done in order to make it pure.

[be V-ed] The whisky had been distilled in 1926 and sat quietly maturing until 1987...

[V n] You can't actually drink the water from the marshland. But you can distil it...

[V-ed] When water is used this must be distilled water or spring water; never tap water.

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distillation [[t]dɪ̱stɪle͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

Any faults in the original cider stood out sharply after distillation.

2) VERB If an oil or liquid is distilled from a plant, it is produced by a process which extracts the most essential part of the plant. To distil a plant means to produce an oil or liquid from it by this process.

[be V-ed from n] The oil is distilled from the berries of this small tree.

[V n] ...the art of distilling rose petals...

[V-ed] A skin lotion distilled from the root is a marvellous cure for sore rashes and spots. [Also V n from n]

Derived words:
distillation N-UNCOUNT usu N of n

The distillation of rose petals to produce rosewater almost certainly originated in Ancient Persia.

3) VERB If a thought or idea is distilled from previous thoughts, ideas, or experiences, it comes from them. If it is distilled into something, it becomes part of that thing.

[be V-ed from n] Reviews are distilled from articles previously published in the main column...

[be V-ed into n] Eventually passion was distilled into the natural beauty of a balmy night...

[V n into n] Roy distills these messages into something powerful...

[V-ed] The advice is based on the distilled wisdom of a panel of heart specialists.

Derived words:
distillation N-SING usu N of n

The material below is a distillation of his work.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Distil — Dis*til , v. t. & i. See {Distill}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distil — is now spelt with one l in BrE and with two ls in AmE. The inflections in both varieties are distilled, distilling, and the noun derivatives are distillation, distiller, and distillery …   Modern English usage

  • distil — (US distill) ► VERB (distilled, distilling) 1) purify (a liquid) by heating it so that it vaporizes, then cooling and condensing the vapour and collecting the resulting liquid. 2) make (spirits) in this way. 3) extract the essential meaning of.… …   English terms dictionary

  • distil! — (D; tr.) to distil! from (to distil! whiskey from grain) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • distil — v. (D; tr.) to distil from (to distil whiskey from grain) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • distil — UK [dɪˈstɪl] / US verb [transitive] Word forms distil : present tense I/you/we/they distil he/she/it distils present participle distilling past tense distilled past participle distilled 1) science to make a liquid more pure by heating it until it …   English dictionary

  • distil — [c]/dəsˈtɪl / (say duhs til) verb (distilled, distilling) –verb (t) 1. to subject to a process of vaporisation and subsequent condensation, as for purification or concentration. 2. to separate volatile liquids of different boiling points by… …   Australian English dictionary

  • distil — Distill Dis*till , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Distilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distilling}.] [F. distiller, from L. destillare, destillatum; de + stillare to drop, stilla a drop, prob. fr. stiria frozen drop, icicle; prob. akin to stare, E. stand. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distil — 1. verb a) Subject a substance to distillation; . Firs distil resin. b) Undergo or be produced by distillation. hell pretend not to know about mirrors or water or even seeing, but will ask you to give only what can be distilled from what you say …   Wiktionary


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