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

  • n. A liquid condensed from vapor in distillation.
  • n. A purified form; an essence: "Finally the President knows the most crucial things about every facet of reality, the pristine distillate of the world's critical information” ( Peregrine Worsthorne).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The liquid that has been condensed from vapour during distillation; normally a purified form or a fraction of an original liquid
  • n. An essence of something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The product of distillation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., a fluid distilled and found in the receiver of a distilling apparatus; the product of distillation.

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

  • n. a purified liquid produced by condensation from a vapor during distilling; the product of distilling


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  • The traditional Dutch production method is to distill a fermented mixture of malt, corn, and rye two or three times in pot stills at low proof: that is, the distillate contains a fair amount of congeners, and resembles a light whisky.

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  • Whatever their reasons for emigrating to America, the English settlers generally might be regarded as a kind of distillate of people who somehow did not fit - or did not want to fit - in English society.

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  • The distillate started to drip from the end of the copper coil, and Max hovered attentively, diverting clear condensate into a shot glass, sniffing intently, and tasting with his fingertip.

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  • Crude-oil stocks rose 2.2 million barrels against an expected drop of 900,000 barrels, while increases in inventories of gasoline and distillate fuel heating oil and diesel were up by even greater amounts.

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  • "We haven't been this tight in distillate inventories going into winter in years," said Phil Flynn , analyst at brokerage PFG Best in Chicago.

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  • They expected gasoline stockpiles to drop 1.7 million barrels and distillate inventories to fall 300,000 barrels.

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  • Gasoline stockpiles rose by 2.2 million barrels, while distillate inventories increased by 800,000 barrels.

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