Definition of Distill

1. Verb. Remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation. "Purify the water"

Exact synonyms: Make Pure, Purify, Sublimate
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Ameliorate, Amend, Better, Improve, Meliorate
Related verbs: Distil
Specialized synonyms: Rectify, Refine, Purge
Derivative terms: Distillate, Distillation, Distillation, Distillment, Purification, Purification, Purifier, Purity, Sublimate

2. Verb. Undergo the process of distillation.
Exact synonyms: Distil
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Distil, Extract, Make Pure, Purify, Sublimate
Derivative terms: Distillate, Distillation, Distillation, Distillery, Distillment

3. Verb. Extract by the process of distillation. "Distill the essence of this compound"
Exact synonyms: Distil, Extract
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Specialized synonyms: Moonshine
Related verbs: Distil
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Derivative terms: Distillate, Distillation, Distillation, Distillery, Extractible, Extraction

4. Verb. Undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops. "The water distills "; "The acid distills at a specific temperature"
Exact synonyms: Condense, Distil
Related verbs: Condense, Condense
Generic synonyms: Flux, Liquefy, Liquify
Derivative terms: Condensate, Condensation, Distillate

5. Verb. Give off (a liquid). "The doctor distilled a few drops of disinfectant onto the wound"
Exact synonyms: Distil
Generic synonyms: Exudate, Exude, Ooze, Ooze Out, Transude

Definition of Distill

1. v. i. To drop; to fall in drops; to trickle.

2. v. t. To let fall or send down in drops.

Definition of Distill

1. Verb. (transitive) To subject a substance to distillation. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To undergo or be produced by distillation. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make by means of distillation, especially whisky. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To exude in small drops. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To impart in small quantities. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To extract the essence of; concentrate; purify. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To trickle down or fall in small drops; ooze out. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To be manifested gently or gradually. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To drip or be wet with. ¹

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Definition of Distill

1. to extract by vaporization and condensation [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Distill

1. To extract a substance by distillation. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Distill

distill (current term)
distillate oil
distillation chaser
distilled water

Literary usage of Distill

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1. The Writings of Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Franklin Benjamin Sanborn (1893)
"Such water do the gods distill, And pour down every hill For their New England men; A draught of this wild nectar bring, And I '11 not taste the spring Of ..."

2. Hampton and Reconstruction by Edward Laight Wells (1907)
"Not in Patterson, distill ye never so wisely. So Mr. Chamberlain was nominated for Governor, Gleaves, his present mate as Lieutenant-Governor, a mulatto, ..."

3. The Art of Speaking: Containing, an Essay, in which are Given Rules for by James Burgh (1804)
"... distill'd, The leprous poison, whose contagious nature That with a sudden vigour it doth curdle Holds such an enmity with the life of man, ..."

4. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1892)
"RECRIMINATION.—See DIVORCE, vol. 5, p. 824. RECTIFY.—(See also distill, vol. 5. p. 705.) See note i. ..."

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