1425–75; late Middle English. See distill, -ed2

undistilled, adjective
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verb (used with object), verb (used without object), distilled, distilling. Chiefly British.


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

distillable, adjective
nondistillable, adjective
redistill, verb (used with object)
redistillable, adjective
redistillableness, noun
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distil or distill (dɪsˈtɪl)
vb (sometimes foll by out or off) , -tils, -tills, -tilling, -tilled
1.  See also rectify to subject to or undergo distillation
2.  to purify, separate, or concentrate, or be purified, separated, or concentrated by distillation
3.  to obtain or be obtained by distillation: to distil whisky
4.  to exude or give off (a substance) in drops or small quantities
5.  (tr) to extract the essence of as if by distillation
[C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip]
distill or distill
[C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip]
dis'tillable or distill

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. distiller, from L. distillare "trickle down in minute drops," from dis- "apart" + stillare "to drip, drop," from stilla "drop." Related: Distilled; distilling.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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