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  • 1The action of purifying a liquid by a process of heating and cooling.

    ‘the petroleum distillation process’
    • ‘DHA contains highly concentrated omega-3 fatty acids from ultra purified, concentrated by molecular distillation.’
    • ‘However, in broad terms, petroleum can be divided into six fractions obtained from fractional distillation of the crude oil.’
    • ‘There are several ways of obtaining the oil, the most common being steam distillation.’
    • ‘Unlike electric distillation, boiling is not required for solar distillation.’
    • ‘Oxygen is produced commercially by the fractional distillation of liquid air.’
    • ‘Remarkable for the time, the production process in the new distillery was state of the art in terms of continuous distillation.’
    • ‘Treatment of bottled water by distillation or reverse osmosis ensures oocyst removal.’
    • ‘Distillation of the wine is carried out in proper copper pot stills, the sort used for cognac.’
    • ‘One of the most important applications of vapor pressure is the purification of liquids by distillation.’
    • ‘For those who want to produce their own pure drinking water, passive-solar distillation is an inexpensive, low-tech option.’
    • ‘One can utilize lavender fresh, dried or by the oil, which is commercially extracted by steam distillation.’
    • ‘Essential oils are usually extracted by steam distillation.’
    • ‘We also purify the glycerol by vacuum distillation.’
    • ‘The apparatus used in a laboratory is known as a distillation train.’
    • ‘A number of desalination methods are available, but the most popular are distillation and reverse osmosis.’
    • ‘For essential oil extraction, the seed is ground immediately before distillation to increase oil yield and minimize distillation time.’
    • ‘Although distillation may be an effective water treatment, the water heating will add to your energy use.’
    • ‘This event encourages great distillation of essential oils.’
    • ‘Distillation is an ancient technique known to many cultures.’
    • ‘Briefly stated, a hydrosol is the water that remains after producing an essential oil via steam or water distillation.’
    distilling, purification, refining, filtering, filtration, treatment, processing
    pressing, squeezing
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  • 2The extraction of the essential meaning or most important aspects of something.

    ‘the film is a distillation of personal experiences’
    • ‘Some months ago, I thought the Hot Wheels Shark Playset was an especially effective distillation of the id of young boys.’
    • ‘Noam Chomsky does not cajole the listener; he presents his arguments - a distillation of copious reading - with disarming candor.’
    • ‘Distinct from the European surrealist writers, who were concerned with distillation of dreams, Neruda harnessed the natural world.’
    • ‘Moreover, the book reads like a magical distillation of 19 th-century novels.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the plan is more or less a distillation of a number of ideas down to a muddy nothing.’
    • ‘In a sense art represents the distillation of what is best in a particular culture.’
    • ‘Her poetry is a superb distillation of the black idiom, capturing tones from the exquisitely humorous to the hauntingly poignant.’
    • ‘Identification involves the distillation of social values into a set of personal values.’
    • ‘A verse play was to be the distillation of this journey.’
    • ‘It is a compact distillation of a substantial amount of research.’
    • ‘In its simplest distillation, the strategy driving this American-led war is straightforward.’
    • ‘The yield obtained through distillation reaches 2 % or at least it takes 50 kg of raw material to produce a liter of oil.’
    • ‘Historically, B movies have existed as simplistic, inexpensive distillations of Hollywood's big-budget genre fare.’
    • ‘In an information age, where time is of the essence, perhaps Poetry, the very distillation of life itself, has come into its own.’
    • ‘It is an arduous journey of spiritual sublimation and distillation to even get to the point where the Oath is even an option.’
    • ‘This talk is a distillation of those visits.’
    • ‘And Parisians are the distillation of everything French.’
    • ‘This was an outgrowth or distillation of the same kind of thing that has been going on since the Enlightenment.’
    • ‘This process of distillation allows us to impose order upon chaos and to justify the indefensible.’
    • ‘How does one engage in this process of distillation or characterisation that you say must be undertaken?’



/ˌdistəˈlāSH(ə)n/ /ˌdɪstəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/