Word forms: distills, distilling, distilledregional note: in BRIT, use distil
1. transitive verb
If a liquid such as whiskey
or water is distilled
, it is heated until it changes into steam
or vapor and then cooled
until it becomes liquid again. This is usually done in order to make it pure.
The whiskey had been distilled in 1926 and sat quietly maturing until 1987.
) uncountable noun
Any faults in the original cider stood out sharply after distillation.
2. transitive 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 distill
a plant means to produce an oil or liquid from it by this process.
The oil is distilled from the berries of this small tree.
distillation uncountable noun
The distillation of rose petals to produce rosewater almost certainly originated in
3. transitive verb
Reviews are distilled from articles previously published in the main column.
Eventually passion was distilled into the natural beauty of a balmy night.
distillation singular noun
The material below is a distillation of his work.
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