dis·til·late (dĭstə-lāt′, -lĭt, dĭ-stĭlĭt)
1. A liquid condensed from vapor in distillation.
2. A purified form; an essence: "Dos Passos, a distillate of native American idealism and Yankee common sense" (William F. Buckley).
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