distill

When you distill something, you are boiling it down to its essence — its most important part. Whether it's alcohol or ideas, the distilled part is the most powerful.

The original meaning of distill comes from the process of making alcohol, known as distilling, in which all the impurities of a substance are vaporized and its pure, high-alcohol condensation collected. Distill eventually came to mean any process in which the essence of something is revealed. If you take notes at a lecture and then turn them into an essay for your professor, you're distilling your notes into something more pure and exact. At least, that's what you hope you're doing.

Definitions of distill
1

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
condense
develop due to condensation
condense
remove water from
Type of:
flux, liquefy, liquify
become liquid or fluid when heated

v remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

Synonyms:
make pure, purify, sublimate
distil
undergo the process of distillation
Types:
rectify, refine
reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
purge
rid of impurities
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v undergo the process of distillation

Synonyms:
distil
distil, extract
extract by the process of distillation
make pure, purify, sublimate
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v extract by the process of distillation

distill the essence of this compound”
Synonyms:
distil, extract
distil
undergo the process of distillation
Types:
moonshine
distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v give off (a liquid)

Synonyms:
distil
Type of:
exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities

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