Distill

Dis*till"

, v. t. 1. To let fall or send down in drops.
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Or o'er the glebe distill the kindly rain.
Pope.
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The dew which on the tender grass
The evening had distilled.
Drayton.
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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.
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3. To subject to distillation; as, to distill molasses in making rum; to distill barley, rye, corn, etc.
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4. To dissolve or melt. [R.]
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Swords by the lightning's subtle force distilled.
Addison.
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5. to extract out and present the essence of; to shorten and refine; to present the essential elements of; -- of ideas or texts.
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