Definitions

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

  • n. The evaporation and subsequent collection of a liquid by condensation as a means of purification: the distillation of water.
  • n. The extraction of the volatile components of a mixture by the condensation and collection of the vapors that are produced as the mixture is heated: petroleum distillation.
  • n. A distillate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of falling in drops, or the act of pouring out in drops.
  • n. That which falls in drops.
  • n. The separation of the volatile parts of a substance from the more fixed; specifically, the operation of driving off gas or vapor from volatile liquids or solids, by heat in a retort or still, and the condensation of the products as far as possible by a cool receiver, alembic, or condenser; rectification; vaporization; condensation; as, the distillation of illuminating gas and coal, of alcohol from sour mash, or of boric acid in steam.
  • n. The substance extracted by distilling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of falling in drops, or the act of pouring out in drops.
  • n. That which falls in drops.
  • n. The separation of the volatile parts of a substance from the more fixed; specifically, the operation of driving off gas or vapor from volatile liquids or solids, by heat in a retort or still, and the condensation of the products as far as possible by a cool receiver, alembic, or condenser; rectification; vaporization; condensation.
  • n. The substance extracted by distilling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of distilling, or of falling in drops; a producing or shedding in drops.
  • n. The volatilization and subsequent condensation of a liquid by means of an alembic, a still and refrigeratory, or a retort and receiver; the operation of obtaining the spirit, essence, or essential oil of a substance by the evaporation and condensation of the liquid in which it has been macerated; rectification; in the widest sense, the whole process of extracting the essential principle of a substance.
  • n. The substance extracted by distilling.
  • n. That which falls in drops, as in nasal catarrh.

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

  • n. the process of purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors
  • n. a purified liquid produced by condensation from a vapor during distilling; the product of distilling

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Examples

  • The process of separating a mixture of volatile substances by distillation is known as _fractional distillation_.

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  • As the canal passing into the mountain runs over the beds of coals, and under the reservoir of petroleum, it appears that a _natural distillation_ of this fossil in the bowels of the earth must have taken place at some early period of the world, similar to the artificial distillation of coal, which has many years been carried on in this place on a smaller scale above ground.

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  • This distillation is a rigorous expression of the particular knowledge that has been found most relevant.

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  • Filmed before a live audience, with a constantly changing set of images playing behind him, this was to be what he himself described as a distillation of my life and thoughts...

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  • It's a martini made with soju, a clear, rice-based Korean spirit that's similar to vodka in distillation and taste, but sweeter.

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  • Over the years, their business activities have diversified to include a saw mill, a furniture factory (which has won export orders from Belgium and Ireland), a plant making wooden moldings for export to the U.S., avocado and peach orchards, a packing plant which makes its own cases, a Christmas tree plantation, eco-tourism cabins and a resin distillation plant, as well as a store for the bulk purchase and resale of fertilizers.

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  • Mr. Gates has used a series of recent public speeches to lay the groundwork for Saturday's address, which aides described as the distillation of his thinking about the tough choices facing the Pentagon as defense budgets hold steady or shrink in the years ahead.

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  • If we do the heating in what chemists call a distillation apparatus, the water vapor can be cooled back to its liquid form and collected in a separate container (Figure 1).

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  • Hence the 7 word distillation of the book: Eat Food.

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  • The rum (for so the landlord chose to call the distillation from malt) had basely taken the advantage of the fatigue which the poor woman had undergone, and had made terrible depredations on her noble faculties, at a time when they were very unable to resist the attack.

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