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Definitionto purify, concentrate, or separate a liquid (such as whisky) by boiling it and condensing its vapors
to extract essential ideas
- It might be the exhilaration of that potent cordial which is distilled only in the furnace-glow of earnest and long-continued thought.Chapter 22 -- The Procession (26% in)
- Dames of elevated rank, likewise, whose doors she entered in the way of her occupation, were accustomed to distil drops of bitterness into her heart; sometimes through that alchemy of quiet malice, by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles; and sometimes, also, by a coarser expression, that fell upon the sufferer's defenceless breast like a rough blow upon an ulcerated wound.Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (68% in)
- On the other side of the house, old Roger Chillingworth arranged his study and laboratory: not such as a modern man of science would reckon even tolerably complete, but provided with a distilling apparatus and the means of compounding drugs and chemicals, which the practised alchemist knew well how to turn to purpose.Chapter 9 -- The Leech (82% in)
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