- (obsolete) The action of pounding with a pestle.
- 1646: [They] are so far from breaking hammers, that they submit unto pistillation, and resist not an ordinary pestle. — Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Book II, ch 5
Thomas Sheridan (1780) A General Dictionary of the English Language, Dodsley, page PT717: “PISTILLATION, pis-til-la'-fhun. s. The act of pounding in a mortar.”