Definition of distillation:
- That which falls in drops.
- The act of falling in drops, or the act of pouring out in drops.
- The separation of the volatile parts of a substance from the more fixed; specifically, the operation of driving off gas or vapor from volatile liquids or solids, by heat in a retort or still, and the condensation of the products as far as possible by a cool receiver, alembic, or condenser; rectification; vaporization; condensation; as, the distillation of illuminating gas and coal, of alcohol from sour mash, or of boric acid in steam.
- The substance extracted by distilling.
Everything Mrs. Manley wrote, however, simply added to the ridicule that had been mounting against women playwrights, and The Female Wits is merely the distillation of the general attitude of the self- appointed critics and wits at the Rose and the Grecian, at Maynwaring's and at Will's.
- "The Untilled Field", George Moore.
The product which distils during the initial heating and the three minutes of steam distillation is mainly satisfactory material; the rest of the steam distillation yields only a small amount of pure product.- "Organic-Syntheses", Conant, James Bryant.