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Distill, 1) tr. a) to let fall in drops: “drops of new-shed blood as fresh as morning's dew --ed on flowers,” Tit. II, 3, 201. “tears --ed by moans,” Rom. V, 3, 15 (falling at every moan? or == the extract and quintessence of moans?).
b) to extract the finest and purest parts from, as by means of an alembic: “flowers --ed, though they with winter meet, leese but their show,” Sonn. 5, 13. “let not winter's ragged hand deface in thee thy summer, ere thou be --ed,” 6, 2. “my verse --s your truth,” 54, 14 (as they do the odour of the rose). “Siren tears, --ed from limbecks foul as hell within,” 119, 2. “--ed Carduus Benedictus,” Ado III, 4, 73. “earthlier happy is the rose --ed,” Mids. I, 1, 76. balm his foul head in warm --ed waters, Shr. Ind. I, 48 (i. e. in rose-water). “sweets, which they d. now in the curbed time,” All's II, 4, 46. “choice doth boil, as 'twere from forth us all, a man --ed out of our virtues,” Troil. I, 3, 350.
c) Hence in general == to take the quintessence from: “nature presently --ed Helen's cheek, but not her heart,” As III, 2, 152. “there is some soul of goodness in things evil, would men observingly d. it out,” H5 IV, 1, 5. “upon the corner of the moon there hangs a vaporous drop profound; I'll catch it ere it come to ground: and that --ed by magic sleights shall raise such artificial sprites,” Mcb. III, 5, 26.
d) to melt: “--ed almost to jelly with the act of fear,” Hml. I, 2, 204 (Ff bestill'd).
2) intr. a) to fall in drops: “with rain that shall d. from these two ancient urns,” Tit. III, 1, 17.
b) to practise distillation: “to make perfumes, d., preserve,” Cymb. I, 5, 13.
c) Partic. --ing == distilled, exquisite, delicate: “wishing her cheeks were gardens full of flowers, so they were dewed with such --ing showers,” Ven. 66. “this --ing liquor drink thou off,” Rom. IV, 1, 94 (the spurious Q1 and M. Edd. distilled).
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