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See also: distillâtion
From Middle English distillacioun, from Anglo-Norman distillacioun, from Latin distīllātiōnem, accusative of distīllātiō.
distillation (countable and uncountable, plural distillations)
- The act of falling in drops, or the act of pouring out in drops.
- That which falls in drops.
- (chemistry, chemical engineering) The separation of more volatile parts of a substance from less volatile ones by evaporation and condensation.
- Purification through repeated or continuous distilling; rectification.
- (petroleum) Separation into specific hydrocarbon groups; fractionation.
- The substance extracted by distilling.
- c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wiues of Windsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene v], line 104:
- to be stopped in, like a strong distillation, with stinking / clothes that fretted in their own grease.
- 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 5”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. […], London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, →OCLC:
- Then, were not summer's distillation left,
A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass […]
falling in drips (act)
falling in drops (thing)
separation of a substance
substance once extracted
distillation f (plural distillations)
- “distillation”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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