Etymology
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distill (v.)

also distil, late 14c., distillen, "to let fall in drops" (transitive); early 15c., "to drop, trickle, drip, fall in drops" (intransitive), 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," which is of uncertain origin, perhaps from a PIE root *sti-. De Vaan compares Greek stile "drop;" Lithuanian styri "to become stiff," Old Norse stira "to be rigid, stiff," but has doubts about all of them. From late 14c. as "obtain or extract by distillation;" from c. 1400 as "subject to distillation." Related: Distilled; distilling.

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Definitions of distill

distill (v.)
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation;
Synonyms: purify / sublimate / make pure
distill (v.)
undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops;
The acid distills at a specific temperature
Synonyms: condense / distil
distill (v.)
extract by the process of distillation;
distill the essence of this compound
Synonyms: extract / distil
distill (v.)
undergo the process of distillation;
Synonyms: distil
distill (v.)
give off (a liquid);
The doctor distilled a few drops of disinfectant onto the wound
Synonyms: distil
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