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Meaning of DISTILL

Pronunciation:  di'stil

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give off (a liquid); "The doctor distilled a few drops of disinfectant onto the wound"
  2. [v]  undergo the process of distillation; of liquids
  3. [v]  extract by the process of distillation; "distill the essence of this compound"
  4. [v]  undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops; "water condenses"; "The acid distills at a specific temperature"
  5. [v]  remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distiilation; "purify the water"

DISTILL is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: condense, distil, distil
 See Also: ameliorate, amend, better, change, create, exudate, exude, flux, improve, liquefy, liquify, make, meliorate, moonshine, ooze, ooze out, purge, rectify, refine, transude



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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. {Still}, n. & v., {Instill}.] [Written also {distil}.]
    1. To drop; to fall in drops; to trickle.
             Soft showers distilled, and suns grew warm in vain.
    2. To flow gently, or in a small stream.
             The Euphrates distilleth out of the mountains of
             Armenia.                              --Sir W.
    3. To practice the art of distillation. --Shak.
  2. \Dis*till"\, v. t.
    1. To let fall or send down in drops.
             Or o'er the glebe distill the kindly rain. --Pope.
             The dew which on the tender grass The evening had
             distilled.                            --Drayton.
    2. To obtain by distillation; to extract by distillation, as
       spirits, essential oil, etc.; to rectify; as, to distill
       brandy from wine; to distill alcoholic spirits from grain;
       to distill essential oils from flowers, etc.; to distill
       fresh water from sea water. ``Distilling odors on me.''
    3. To subject to distillation; as, to distill molasses in
       making rum; to distill barley, rye, corn, etc.
    4. To dissolve or melt. [R.]
             Swords by the lightning's subtle force distilled.
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