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Definition of "distill" [dis•till]

  • To subject (a substance) to distillation. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate (a distillate) by distillation. (verb-transitive)
  • To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify by or as if by distillation. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate or extract the essential elements of: distill the crucial points of the book. (verb-transitive)
  • To exude or give off (matter) in drops or small quantities. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "distill" in a sentence
  • "The word distill comes from the Latin destillare, “to drip.”"
  • "For a perverse death cult with powerful members in every stratum of society has learned how to distill from the bones of their sacrificed victims the ultimate thrill — a nectar that, once tasted, is impossible to resist."
  • "I believe that oil wins (b) by a large margin, but hydrogen may win (a) and (c), depending on the source of the energy required to "distill" it."