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. Many Christians go through life with this as the prevailing temper of their minds- a doubt sometimes arising almost to agony, and sometimes dying down into passive patient acceptance of the condition as inevitable- a doubt whether, after all, they be not, as they say, 'deceiving themselves'; and in the perverse ingenuity with which that state of mind is constantly marked, they manage to distil for themselves a bitter vinegar of self- accusation out of grand words in the Bible, that were meant to afford them but the wine of gladness and of consolation. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  3. 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