distill: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (di-stil'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to subject to a process of vaporization and subsequent condensation, as for purification or concentration.
  2. to extract the volatile components of by distillation; transform by distillation.
  3. to concentrate, purify, or obtain by or as by distillation: to distill whiskey from mash.
  4. to remove by distillation (usually fol. by off or out): to distill out impurities.
  5. to extract the essential elements of; refine; abstract: She managed to distill her ideas into one succinct article.
  6. to let fall in drops; give forth in or as in drops: The cool of the night distills the dew.
  1. to undergo or perform distillation.
  2. to become vaporized and then condensed in distillation.
  3. to drop, pass, or condense as a distillate.
  4. to fall in drops; trickle; exude.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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