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[dih-stild] /dɪˈstɪld/
obtained or produced by distillation.
Origin of distilled
1425-75; late Middle English. See distill, -ed2
Related forms
undistilled, adjective


[dih-stil] /dɪˈstɪl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), distilled, distilling. Chiefly British


[dih-stil] /dɪˈstɪl/
verb (used with object)
to subject to a process of vaporization and subsequent condensation, as for purification or concentration.
to extract the volatile components of by distillation; transform by distillation.
to concentrate, purify, or obtain by or as by distillation:
to distill whiskey from mash.
to remove by distillation (usually followed by off or out):
to distill out impurities.
to extract the essential elements of; refine; abstract:
She managed to distill her ideas into one succinct article.
to let fall in drops; give forth in or as in drops:
The cool of the night distills the dew.
verb (used without object)
to undergo or perform distillation.
to become vaporized and then condensed in distillation.
to drop, pass, or condense as a distillate.
to fall in drops; trickle; exude.
1325-75; Middle English distillen (< Anglo-French distiller) < Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, equivalent to dē- de- + stillāre to drip
Related forms
distillable, adjective
nondistillable, adjective
redistill, verb (used with object)
redistillable, adjective
redistillableness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for distilled
  • The troupe distilled and energized the milieu of anomie, satirizing the lame old regime in a triumphant revolt.
  • But it has also distilled the group down to a committed core of members willing to be martyrs.
  • The liquid may come from scented organic water, such as rose water, distilled water or aloe vera gel.
  • And darker distilled drinks and wines generally have more of these congeners than do lighter ones.
  • Ng used delicate brushes and mild solutions, some as basic as distilled water, to remove centuries of dust and dirt.
  • Best with distilled water so you don't spot the leaves.
  • True to form they are distilled from a number of articles and interviews over the last six years.
  • Some of the rubber peppers are smothered with pepper oil while others are injected with distilled water and used as controls.
  • There can be no more distilled expression of a culture than its works of art.
  • Heavy drinking, especially binge drinking of beer or distilled spirits, should be avoided.
British Dictionary definitions for distilled


verb -tils, -tills, -tilling, -tilled
to subject to or undergo distillation See also rectify (sense 2)
sometimes foll by out or off. to purify, separate, or concentrate, or be purified, separated, or concentrated by distillation
to obtain or be obtained by distillation: to distil whisky
to exude or give off (a substance) in drops or small quantities
(transitive) to extract the essence of as if by distillation
Derived Forms
distillable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip
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Word Origin and History for distilled



also distil, late 14c., from Old French distiller (14c.), from Latin distillare "trickle down in minute drops," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stillare "to drip, drop," from stilla "drop." Related: Distilled; distilling.

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distilled in Medicine

distill dis·till (dĭ-stĭl)
v. dis·tilled or dis·tilled, dis·till·ing or dis·til·ling, dis·tills or dis·tils

  1. To subject a substance to distillation.

  2. To separate a distillate by distillation.

  3. To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify a substance by distillation.

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