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4 definitions found
 for distill
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distill \Dis*till"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Distilled; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Distilling.] [F. distiller, from L. destillare,
     destillatum; de + stillare to drop, stilla a drop, prob. fr.
     stiria frozen drop, icicle; prob. akin to stare, E. stand.
     Cf. Still, n. & v., Instill.] [Written also distil.]
     1. To drop; to fall in drops; to trickle.
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              Soft showers distilled, and suns grew warm in vain.
                                                    --Pope.
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     2. To flow gently, or in a small stream.
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              The Euphrates distilleth out of the mountains of
              Armenia.                              --Sir W.
                                                    Raleigh.
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     3. To practice the art of distillation. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distill \Dis*till"\, v. t.
     1. To let fall or send down in drops.
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              Or o'er the glebe distill the kindly rain. --Pope.
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              The dew which on the tender grass
              The evening had distilled.            --Drayton.
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     2. 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;
        as, to distill brandy from wine; to distill alcoholic
        spirits from grain; to distill essential oils from
        flowers, etc.; to distill fresh water from sea water.
        "Distilling odors on me." --Tennyson.
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     3. To subject to distillation; as, to distill molasses in
        making rum; to distill barley, rye, corn, etc.
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     4. To dissolve or melt. [R.]
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              Swords by the lightning's subtle force distilled.
                                                    --Addison.
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     5. to extract out and present the essence of; to shorten and
        refine; to present the essential elements of; -- of ideas
        or texts.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  distill
      v 1: remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and
           separate through the process of distillation; "purify the
           water" [syn: purify, sublimate, make pure, distill]
      2: undergo the process of distillation [syn: distill,
         distil]
      3: extract by the process of distillation; "distill the essence
         of this compound" [syn: distill, extract, distil]
      4: undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state
         and fall in drops; "water condenses"; "The acid distills at a
         specific temperature" [syn: condense, distill, distil]
      5: give off (a liquid); "The doctor distilled a few drops of
         disinfectant onto the wound" [syn: distill, distil]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  93 Moby Thesaurus words for "distill":
     aerate, aerify, atomize, boil, bolt, bootleg, brew, carbonate,
     chlorinate, clarify, clear, concentrate, condense, decoct,
     decrassify, depurate, dribble, drip, dripple, drop, edulcorate,
     elute, emit, essentialize, etherify, etherize, evaporate, exhale,
     express, extract, filter, filtrate, fluidize, fractionate, fume,
     fumigate, gasify, give off, gurgle, hydrogenate, infuse, leach,
     leak, leak out, lixiviate, melt down, moonlight, moonshine, narrow,
     oversimplify, oxygenate, percolate, perfume, press out, purify,
     rectify, reduce, reduce to elements, reek, refine, render, screen,
     seep, seethe, send out, separate, sieve, sift, simmer, simplify,
     smoke, soak, spiritualize, spray, spurtle, steam, steep, stew,
     strain, streamline, strip down, sublimate, sublime, sweat, trickle,
     trill, try, vaporize, volatilize, weep, winnow, wring, wring out
  
  

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