Definition of distil :
1. See Distill.
2. To obtain by distillation; 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.
- Distil in the dark, through a glass tube kept cool by a stream of water. - "Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology", W. G. Aitchison Robertson.
- The principles, then, which we distil from this, the original case of " seeking out," are, firstly, the moral value of seizing the initiative, and, secondly, the importance of striking before the enemy's mobilisation is complete. - "Some Principles of Maritime Strategy", Julian Stafford Corbett.
- This indefinable feeling can be understood only by those who have felt their hearts beat in the silence of the night from a painful expectation heightened by some noise, the monotonous recurrence of which seems to distil terror into their minds, drop by drop. - "The Chouans", Honore de Balzac.