What does the word distil mean?

Usage examples for distil

  1. He could distil humor from every situation. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  2. Burke said, at a later date, " The quantity of spirits which they distil in Boston from the molasses they import is as surprising as the cheapness at which they sell it, which is under two shillings a gallon; but they are more famous for the quantity and cheapness than for the excellency of their rum." – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle