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Meaning of distillation

dis•til•la•tion

Pronunciation: (dis"tl-ā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the volatilization or evaporation and subsequent condensation of a liquid, as when water is boiled in a retort and the steam is condensed in a cool receiver.
  2. the purification or concentration of a substance, the obtaining of the essence or volatile properties contained in it, or the separation of one substance from another, by such a process.
  3. a product of distilling; distillate.
  4. the act or fact of distilling or the state of being distilled.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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