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distil (3 is much the commonest S. use)
1. to fall in minute drops Tit. III. i. 17.
2. to let fall in minute drops Tit. II. iii. 201, Rom. V. iii. 15.
3. to obtain or extract the essence of, also to obtain (the quintessence) by extraction or distillation (lit. and fig.) MND. I. i. 76 “the rose d-'d,” AYL. III. ii. 153 “Nature presently d-'d Helen's cheek,” All'sW. II. iv. 47, H5 IV. i. 5, Troil. I. iii. 350 “a man d-'d Out of our virtues,” Mac. III. v. 26; used absol. Cym. I. v. 13 “To make perfumes? distil? preserve?.”
4. to melt Ham. I. ii. 204 (F1 “bestil'd”).
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