Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To subject a substance to distillation.
  • v. To undergo or be produced by distillation.
  • v. To make by means of distillation, especially whisky.
  • v. To exude in small drops.
  • v. To impart in small quantities.
  • v. To extract the essence of; concentrate; purify.
  • v. To trickle down or fall in small drops; ooze out.
  • v. To be manifested gently or gradually.
  • v. To drip or be wet with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To drop; to fall in drops; to trickle.
  • intransitive v. To flow gently, or in a small stream.
  • intransitive v. To practice the art of distillation.
  • transitive v. To let fall or send down in drops.
  • transitive v. To obtain by distillation; to subject to a process of evaporation and subsequent condensation; to extract by distillation, as spirits, essential oil, etc.; to rectify
  • transitive v. To subject to distillation
  • transitive v. To dissolve or melt.
  • transitive v. to extract out and present the essence of; to shorten and refine; to present the essential elements of; -- of ideas or texts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
  • v. extract by the process of distillation
  • v. remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
  • v. give off (a liquid)
  • v. undergo the process of distillation

Etymologies

Middle English distillen, from Old French distiller, from Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, to trickle : dē-, de- + stillāre, to drip (from stilla, drop).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old & modern French distiller, from Latin distillare (Wiktionary)

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