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Distill   Listen
verb
Distill  v. t.  
1.
To let fall or send down in drops. "Or o'er the glebe distill the kindly rain." "The dew which on the tender grass The evening had distilled."
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."
3.
To subject to distillation; as, to distill molasses in making rum; to distill barley, rye, corn, etc.
4.
To dissolve or melt. (R.) "Swords by the lightning's subtle force distilled."
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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"Distill" Quotes from Famous Books



... touch of my like numerous bliss Complexly kiss'd, A diverse and distinguishable calm? What should we say! It all has been before; And yet our lives shall now be first fulfill'd. And into their summ'd sweetness fall distill'd One sweet drop more; One sweet drop more, in absolute increase Of unrelapsing peace. O, heaving Sea, That heav'st as if for bliss of her and me, And separatest not dear heart from heart, Though each 'gainst other beats too far apart, For yet awhile Let it not seem that I behold her smile. O, weary ...
— The Victories of Love - and Other Poems • Coventry Patmore

... Sack. Ditto Gloucestershire. Cheese, Cream. Ditto Why the Aversion to it. Churns, the Sorts. Clove-Gilly-Flower Syrup. Cucumbers, to pickle. Codlings, to pickle, green. Ditto to pickle Mango. Cherry-Brandy. Cherry-Beer. Cherry-Cordial. Cherries distill'd. Cherry, Cornelian, in Brandy. Calf's Feet Jelly. Cockles, pickled. Capons, to set ...
— The Country Housewife and Lady's Director - In the Management of a House, and the Delights and Profits of a Farm • Richard Bradley

... meant some Allegoricall exposition of the Shepheards names, or their Eglogues, is doubtfull: but 'tis certain, that as they are, they appear a perfect pattern of the Authour; whose person, and minde, were both lovely, and his conversation such as distill'd pleasure, knowledge, and vertue, into his friends ...
— Waltoniana - Inedited Remains in Verse and Prose of Izaak Walton • Isaak Walton

... the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following: mix together thoroughly petroleum, lard, mutton tallow and quick lime. Distill this over a charcoal fire, and the liquid which results can be burned on the ...
— The Miracle Mongers, an Expos • Harry Houdini

... whirl Of wheels, and roar of voices, and confusion; Here taverns wooing to a pint of 'purl,' There mails fast flying off like a delusion; There barbers' blocks with periwigs in curl In windows; here the lamplighter's infusion Slowly distill'd into the glimmering glass (For in those days we had not got ...
— Don Juan • Lord Byron

... approve his works of sovereign worth, This observation, methinks, more than serves, And is not vulgar. That which he hath writ Is with such judgment labour'd, and distill'd Through all the needful uses of our lives, That could a man remember but his lines, He should not touch at any serious point, But he might breathe his spirit ...
— The Poetaster - Or, His Arraignment • Ben Jonson

... happy is the rose distill'd Than that which withering on the virgin thorn[57-1] Grows, lives, ...
— Familiar Quotations • John Bartlett

... in the summer when Dr. Latimer and his bride reached their home in North Carolina. Over the cottage porch were morning-glories to greet the first flushes of the rising day, and roses and jasmines to distill their fragrance on the evening air. Aunt Linda, who had been apprised of their coming, was patiently awaiting their arrival, and Uncle Daniel was pleased to know that "dat sweet young lady who had sich putty manners war comin' ...
— Iola Leroy - Shadows Uplifted • Frances E.W. Harper

... scientific candor of the vices which were common to all statesmen in his age—though the Italians were so corrupt that it seemed hopeless to deal fairly with them—yet there was a radical taint in the soul of the man who could have the heart to cull these poisonous herbs of policy and distill their juices to a quintessence for the use of the prince to whom he was confiding the destinies of Italy.[1] Almost involuntarily we remember the oath which Arthur administered to his knights, when he bade ...
— Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) • John Addington Symonds

... against the evil eye, and frequently he removed it and knelt before it, as did Louis XI before the leaden figures of saints which adorned his hat. He ordered a complete chemical laboratory from Venice, and engaged alchemists to distill the water of immortality, by the help of which he hoped to ascend to the planets and discover the Philosophers' Stone. Not perceiving any practical result of their labours, he ordered the laboratory to be burnt and ...
— CELEBRATED CRIMES, COMPLETE - ALI PACHA • ALEXANDRE DUMAS, PERE

... called by justice forth, And thus condone a world confused with ill! But fix the high condition of thy will To be right, that its good's spontaneous birth May spread like flowers springing from the earth On which the natural dews of heaven distill; For these require no honors, take no care For gratitude from men—but more are blessed In the sweet ignorance that they are fair; And through their proper functions live and rest, Breathing their fragrance ...
— Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul • Various

... worthless writings to crowded theatres, and give an air of consequence to trifles:" "You ridicule us," says [one of them], "and you reserve those pieces for the ears of Jove: you are confident that it is you alone that can distill the poetic honey, beautiful in your own eyes." At these words I am afraid to turn up my nose; and lest I should be torn by the acute nails of my adversary, "This place is disagreeable," I cry out, "and I demand a prorogation ...
— The Works of Horace • Horace

... are lots like her. I've got to halt sooner or later," Mr. Height muttered to himself as he dressed for his early dinner. "I'm going to put this fool play across for her, too." There are a few women who distill loyalty out of declined passion; but not many. They make ...
— Blue-grass and Broadway • Maria Thompson Daviess

... as it is; for I can make a shifte to dissolve hard mettall into a more liquid substance. A cardeq![147] oh Syr, I can distill this into a ...
— A Collection Of Old English Plays, Vol. IV. • Editor: A.H. Bullen



Words linked to "Distill" :   meliorate, flux, distillate, make pure, distillment, improve, refine, better, exudate, extract, amend, chemistry, exude, purge, liquify, chemical science



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