Definition of Distil

1. Verb. Undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops. "The water distils "; "The acid distills at a specific temperature"

Exact synonyms: Condense, Distill
Related verbs: Condense, Condense
Generic synonyms: Flux, Liquefy, Liquify
Derivative terms: Condensate, Condensation, Distillate

2. Verb. Extract by the process of distillation. "Distill the essence of this compound"
Exact synonyms: Distill, Extract
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Specialized synonyms: Moonshine
Related verbs: Distill
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Derivative terms: Distillate, Distillation, Distillation, Distillery, Extractible, Extraction

3. Verb. Undergo the process of distillation.
Exact synonyms: Distill
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Distill, Extract, Distill, Make Pure, Purify, Sublimate
Derivative terms: Distillate, Distillation, Distillation, Distillery, Distillment

4. Verb. Give off (a liquid). "The doctor distilled a few drops of disinfectant onto the wound"
Exact synonyms: Distill
Generic synonyms: Exudate, Exude, Ooze, Ooze Out, Transude

Definition of Distil

1. v. t. & i. See Distill.

Definition of Distil

1. Verb. (transitive) Subject a substance to distillation; . ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) Undergo or be produced by distillation. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) Make by means of distillation, especially whisky. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) Exude in small drops. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) Impart in small quantities. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) Extract the essence of; concentrate; purify. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) Trickle down or fall in small drops; ooze out. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) Be manifested gently or gradually. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) Drip or be wet with. ¹

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Definition of Distil

1. to distill [v -TILLED, -TILLING, -TILS] - See also: distill

Medical Definition of Distil

1. To volatilise by heat and then cool and condense the evaporated matter, as to purify a substance or to separate a volatile substance from other less volatile substances. Origin: L. Stillare = to drop (11 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Distil

distil (current term)
distillate oil
distillation chaser
distilled water

Literary usage of Distil

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1. Cooley's Cyclopædia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the by Arnold James Cooley (1892)
"L. Flowers of lily of the valley, 1 Ib. ; water, 4 Ibs. ; distil 2 Ibs. LIME-TBEE ... Put into a glass retort with 10 oz. of water, and distil 5 oz. ..."

2. Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts: Comprising Dr. Watts's Psalms Abridged by Isaac Watts, Samuel Worcester (1815)
"Thy gifts are ev'ry ev'ning new, Gently distil like early dew. Gently distil like early dew, OPORTO. LM AIR. Exalted Prince of life, ..."

3. Works by Jean Calvin, Calvin translation society (1847)
"that a relative is understood, distil ye not to those who distil; ... distil ye not,— this was the voice of the ungodly and rebellious people, ..."

4. Mackenzie's Five Thousand Receipts: In All the Useful and Domestic Arts by Colin MacKenzie (1854)
"Rub together and distil. Another.—Take of sugar of lead, 7 Ihs. oil of vitriol, Ц Ibs. distil Ц Ibs. This is used to make aromatic vinegar. ..."

5. Pharmaceutical Journal by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1856)
"... and other compounds of soda distil over and are found mixed with the sodium, and as their separation is tedious in small quantities, I have constructed ..."

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