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From Old French distiller, from Latin distillare



distill (third-person singular simple present distills, present participle distilling, simple past and past participle distilled)

  1. (transitive) To subject a substance to distillation.
  2. (intransitive) To undergo or be produced by distillation.
  3. (transitive) To make by means of distillation, especially whisky.
  4. (transitive) To exude in small drops.
    Firs distill resin.
  5. (transitive) To impart in small quantities.
  6. (transitive) To extract the essence of; concentrate; purify.
  7. (intransitive) To trickle down or fall in small drops; ooze out.
    • Alexander Pope
      Soft showers distilled, and suns grew warm in vain.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      The Euphrates distilleth out of the mountains of Armenia.
  8. (intransitive) To be manifested gently or gradually.
  9. (intransitive) To drip or be wet with.

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