Definitions

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  • v. To distill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An alembic; a still.
  • transitive v. To distill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strain or pass through a still.
  • n. A still.
  • n. In heraldry, the representation of an alembic or still used as a bearing.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • When she weeps, he wishes it were inward heat that distilled those drops from the limbec.

    Essays and Tales

  • They were full of burning water five times distilled in a serpentine limbec, and inconsumptible, like the oil formerly put into Pallas 'golden lamp at Acropolis of Athens by Callimachus.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 5

  • An amber drop, diftilled by The fparkling limbec of an eye,

    A select collection of poems: with notes [by J. Nichols].

  • They were full of burning water five times distilled in a serpentine limbec, and inconsumptible, like the oil formerly put into Pallas’ golden lamp at Acropolis of Athens by Callimachus.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • About two foot and a half below that gold plate, the three chains were fastened to three handles that were fixed to a large round lamp of most pure crystal, whose diameter was a cubit and a half, and opened about two hands 'breadths o' top; by which open place a vessel of the same crystal, shaped somewhat like the lower part of a gourd-like limbec, or an urinal, was put at the bottom of the great lamp, with such a quantity of the afore-mentioned burning water, that the flame of the asbestine wick reached the centre of the great lamp.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 5

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  • One for the Wordnik listers of heraldic terms.

    September 1, 2011