Definition of distillate in English:

distillate

noun

  • Something formed by distillation.

    ‘petroleum distillates’
    mass noun ‘natural gas mixed with distillate’
    • ‘Also, it is no longer economically efficient to use natural gas or high-level petroleum distillates as boiler fuel.’
    • ‘Be careful of the orange cleaner you buy, many contain petroleum distillates that dry certain fabrics and material.’
    • ‘Gases are generated from the burning of fossil fuels such as natural gas and petroleum distillates.’
    • ‘Stop yourself; these products contain a host of potentially harmful chemicals, like petroleum distillates, which irritate your lungs.’
    • ‘Furniture polishes are petroleum distillates, which are flammable and can cause skin and lung cancer.’
    • ‘Pesticides that are approved for organic farming include copper, sulfur, petroleum distillates, and pyrethrum.’
    • ‘Petroleum distillates break down the rubber in the rubber gaskets around refrigerators and dishwashers.’
    • ‘While kerosene was more plentiful than gasoline, it was also a distillate from petroleum and presented the same problem of finite supply.’
    • ‘A popular solvent is mineral spirits, a petroleum distillate composed of aliphatic hydrocarbons.’
    • ‘In the second embodiment the enzyme stabilizing system preferably includes a petroleum distillate.’
    • ‘Several cider makers are now producing an apple distillate.’
    • ‘The steam then extracts the aromatic oils (volatile oils) and the distillate is collected.’
    • ‘There has been a significant rise in demand for orange oil and the TreattaromeTM range of natural distillates.’
    • ‘Smaller producers sell unwanted grapes and wine to a local distillery; if the distillate is not of sufficient quality it will be used for industrial alcohol.’
    • ‘With very low inventories of gasoline and distillates in the US, any reduction in imports will have an exponential impact on prices.’
    • ‘This spirit, a distillate of grapes somewhat similar to Italy's grappa, is the eponymous ingredient in the Pisco Sour cocktail.’
    • ‘Mineral spirits, a petroleum distillate fraction, is the most common solvent in oil-based paints.’
    • ‘Diesel, a middle distillate like kerosene (jet fuel) and heating oil, is easier and cheaper to refine from even sludgy oil.’
    • ‘After the liquid is strained off, the remaining fruit is distilled and the distillate is recombined with the infused liquid.’
    • ‘If the distillate is higher than 80% it is considered a corn whiskey.’
    extract, concentrate, concentration, quintessence, distillate, elixir, abstraction, decoction, juice, tincture, solution, suspension, dilution

Origin

Mid 19th century from Latin distillatus ‘fallen in drops’, from the verb distillare (see distil).

Pronunciation

distillate

/ˈdɪstɪleɪt/