Definition of distillate in US English:

distillate

noun

  • Something formed by distilling.

    ‘petroleum distillates’
    ‘natural gas mixed with distillate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pesticides that are approved for organic farming include copper, sulfur, petroleum distillates, and pyrethrum.’
    • ‘Stop yourself; these products contain a host of potentially harmful chemicals, like petroleum distillates, which irritate your lungs.’
    • ‘In the second embodiment the enzyme stabilizing system preferably includes a petroleum distillate.’
    • ‘If the distillate is higher than 80% it is considered a corn whiskey.’
    • ‘While kerosene was more plentiful than gasoline, it was also a distillate from petroleum and presented the same problem of finite supply.’
    • ‘There has been a significant rise in demand for orange oil and the TreattaromeTM range of natural distillates.’
    • ‘With very low inventories of gasoline and distillates in the US, any reduction in imports will have an exponential impact on prices.’
    • ‘Mineral spirits, a petroleum distillate fraction, is the most common solvent in oil-based paints.’
    • ‘Also, it is no longer economically efficient to use natural gas or high-level petroleum distillates as boiler fuel.’
    • ‘Several cider makers are now producing an apple distillate.’
    • ‘The steam then extracts the aromatic oils (volatile oils) and the distillate is collected.’
    • ‘Gases are generated from the burning of fossil fuels such as natural gas and petroleum distillates.’
    • ‘Be careful of the orange cleaner you buy, many contain petroleum distillates that dry certain fabrics and material.’
    • ‘Diesel, a middle distillate like kerosene (jet fuel) and heating oil, is easier and cheaper to refine from even sludgy oil.’
    • ‘A popular solvent is mineral spirits, a petroleum distillate composed of aliphatic hydrocarbons.’
    • ‘This spirit, a distillate of grapes somewhat similar to Italy's grappa, is the eponymous ingredient in the Pisco Sour cocktail.’
    • ‘Petroleum distillates break down the rubber in the rubber gaskets around refrigerators and dishwashers.’
    • ‘Furniture polishes are petroleum distillates, which are flammable and can cause skin and lung cancer.’
    • ‘After the liquid is strained off, the remaining fruit is distilled and the distillate is recombined with the infused liquid.’
    extract, concentrate, concentration, quintessence, elixir, abstraction, decoction, juice, tincture, solution, suspension, dilution
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Origin

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

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