distillation

  

Definition

Process in which the components of a substance or liquid mixture are separated by heating it to a certain temperature and condensing the resulting vapors. Some substances (such as crude oil) have components that vaporize at different temperatures and thus can be separated by condensing their vapors in turn. Distillation is also used as a purification process in which non-volatile components are separated from volatile ones.

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  • The foreign dignitaries had a terrific time touring the new beverage factory and were especially interested in the intricate distillation process they were able to view.

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  • I have a friend that became so interested in the distillation of beer that he set up a distillery in his man cave that produced enough for the Super Bowl party.

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  • After going through distillation the salt crystals separated from the water molecules creating an elaborate pattern on the side of the glass.

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