Distill Dis*till", v. t. 1. To let fall or send down in drops. [1913 Webster]

Or o'er the glebe distill the kindly rain. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The dew which on the tender grass The evening had distilled. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

2. To obtain by distillation; to subject to a process of evaporation and subsequent condensation; to extract by distillation, as spirits, essential oil, etc.; to rectify; as, to distill brandy from wine; to distill alcoholic spirits from grain; to distill essential oils from flowers, etc.; to distill fresh water from sea water. ``Distilling odors on me.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. To subject to distillation; as, to distill molasses in making rum; to distill barley, rye, corn, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. To dissolve or melt. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Swords by the lightning's subtle force distilled. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

5. to extract out and present the essence of; to shorten and refine; to present the essential elements of; -- of ideas or texts. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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