distil

Definitions

  • Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing or distilling purposes
    Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing or distilling purposes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v distil give off (a liquid) "The doctor distilled a few drops of disinfectant onto the wound"
    • v distil undergo the process of distillation
    • v distil extract by the process of distillation "distill the essence of this compound"
    • v distil undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops "water condenses","The acid distills at a specific temperature"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bourbon whiskey gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where local distillers developed the drink around 1800.
    • v. t. & i Distil See Distill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1865 opium was grown in the state of Virginia and a product was distilled from it that yielded 4 percent morphine. In 1867 it was grown in Tennessee: six years later it was cultivated in Kentucky. During these years opium, marijuana and cocaine could be purchased legally over the counter from any druggist.
    • distil To drop; fall in drops.
    • distil To flow in a small stream; trickle.
    • distil To use a still; practise distillation.
    • distil To let fall in drops; dispense by drops; hence, to shed or impart in small portions or degrees.
    • distil To subject to the process of distillation; rectify; purify: as, to distil water.
    • distil To obtain or extract by the process of distillation: as, to distil brandy from wine; to distil whisky.
    • distil To use as a basis of distillation; extract the spirit or essence from: as, to distil grain or plants.
    • distil To dissolve or melt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tequila is thought to be the first distilled liquor in the Americas. The Aztecs were known to have drunk it before Cortez arrived.
    • v.i Distil dis-til′ to fall in drops; to flow gently: to use a still
    • v.t Distil to let or cause to fall in drops: to convert a liquid into vapour by heat, and then to condense it again: to extract the spirit or essential oil from anything by evaporation and condensation:—pr.p. distil′ling; pa.p. distilled′
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Quotations

  • Jacques Barzun
    Jacques Barzun
    “Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “These can never be true friends: Hope, dice, a prostitute, a robber, a cheat, a goldsmith, a monkey, a doctor, a distiller.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “History is the distillation of rumor.”
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
    Gwendolyn Brooks
    “Poetry is life distilled.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
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    “A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.”
  • Raymond Chandler
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    “A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.”

Usage

In literature:

Water is freed from foreign matter by distillation: and for any chemical process in which accuracy is requisite, distilled water must be used.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
TREATMENT: Wash with a Carbolic solution, one tablespoonful to one pint of distilled water.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Every night the life-giving dew is distilled.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
It is possible to separate the dioxide from the water by fractional distillation.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
There is no perfectly pure water except that prepared in the chemical laboratory by distillation.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
The news reaching Fayette, the distillers held a meeting at Uniontown, the county seat, on July 20.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
The lees are emptied out, and will, if distilled, make a fine flavored and very strong brandy.
"The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines" by George Husmann
I have known this process succeed well with an attentive distiller.
"The Practical Distiller" by Samuel McHarry
It was placed on the fire, and slowly the drops of fresh water were distilled from it.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
At Erfurt, Germany, where much of the commercial oil is made, the "hay" and the seeds are both used for distilling.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
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In poetry:

As dew-drops from the clouds above
On earth distill'd,
Thy melting words, like floods of love,
Our hearts have fill'd.
"In Memoriam, On The Late Right Reverend Richard Allen, First Bishop Of The A. M. E. Church" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The flower that, when the air is still
And no land breezes blow,
From its pale petals can distil
A phosphorescent glow.
"Malay Song" by Laurence Hope
He feels and pities all thy woes,
He wipes away each tear ;
Love he distils into thy griefs;
Weep not, for he is near !
"Weep Not" by Leo Alishan
She led me high among the hills
By paths that wilding wanderers use,
Where the magician Morn distils
The honey of his dews.
"The Visitor" by Clinton Scollard
God, how endless is thy love!
Thy gifts are every evening new;
And morning mercies from above
Gently distill like early dew.
"Hymn 81" by Isaac Watts
Whence came that rising in my throat,
That dimness in my eye?
Why did those burning drops distil —
Those bitter feelings rise?
"The Bluebell" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Nonlinear Models Enhance Distillation.
PBS version of 'reality TV' distills drama from real life.
A new generation of underground distillers skirts Johnny Law.
Even in the distilled legal narrative of a court filing, the allegations are chilling.
I work in a bio-ethanol production plant equipped with a multi-pressure distillation system.
"You're going to hear all sorts of stories this week about yeast strains," Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve's master distiller, told me when I arrived here.
Columbus Day Weekend marked the opening of Myer Farm Distillers, a New York State Farm Distillery located in Ovid , along the Cayuga Wine Trail.
The still at Myer Farm Distillers, which opened recently on Route 89 in Ovid , Seneca County.
Based in Palisade , Peach Street Distillers is a craft spot founded in 2004 by the same folks behind Ska Brewing Co.
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has produced a pocket-sized reference guide for basic distillers grains feedings recommendations for livestock.
The papacy is a big subject, and Eamon Duffy's new book (based on a series of radio programs delivered on the BBC) does a good job of distilling two millennia of history into a short and manageable span.
View full size Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian Robyn Seely cuts and windrows peppermint plants that her family distills into oil that flavors gum, candy and toothpaste.
This book distills the essence of the psychology, anatomy and physiology of vision in fewer than 300 pages.
Bay Area distillers play around with Tequila.
Our Simon Kennedy listened carefully as the engineer distilled a potentially brutal lost.
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In science:

In particular, the problems of distillability and separability of Gaussian states have been investigated in great detail, and can actually be considered solved [6,7].
Conditions for the local manipulation of Gaussian states
Rather then letting a random walker wander around and gather information, in this note we would like to study a problem in which a random process is observed locally in a fixed bounded neighborhood and still non-trivial global observations can be distilled from these observations.
Determining the Genus of a Map by Local Observation of a Simple Random Process
Consequently, provided the raw key consists of (infinitely) many blocks of qubits, the Csisz´ar, and J. K¨orner theorem applies: if the mutual information Alice-Bob is larger than either the mutual informations Eve-Alice or Eve-Bob, then Alice and Bob can distil a secret key.
Quantum cryptography with fewer random numbers
The following summary of the relevant facts, which we present informally, is distilled from [J LR00, Sec. 5.4].
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
The viscosity of water was measured using the system described. A range of vaterite particles were suspended in distilled water and trapped three dimensionally in a sealed slide/coverslip cell, with a depth of 50 µm.
Optical microrheology using rotating laser-trapped particles
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