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distil

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Etymology

From Old & modern French distiller, from Latin distillare

Verb

Infinitive
to distil

Third person singular
distils

Simple past
distilled

Past participle
distilled

Present participle
distilling

to distil (third-person singular simple present distils, present participle distilling, simple past and past participle distilled)
  1. (transitive) Subject a substance to distillation; .
  2. (intransitive) Undergo or be produced by distillation.
  3. (transitive) Make by means of distillation, esp. whisky.
  4. (transitive) Exude in small drops.
    Firs distil resin.
  5. (transitive) Impart in small quantities.
  6. (transitive) Extract the essence of; concentrate; purify.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 239e.
      he'll pretend not to know about mirrors or water or even seeing, but will ask you to give only what can be distilled from what you say.
  7. (intransitive) Trickle down or fall in small drops; ooze out.
  8. (intransitive) Be manifested gently or gradually.
  9. (intransitive) Drip or be wet with.

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Derived terms


Old High German

Etymology

Common Germanic *thistil-, whence also Old English þistel, Old Norse þistill

Noun

distil f

  1. thistle

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