- noun the process of producing a pure liquid by heating a liquid and condensing the vapour, as in the production of alcohol or essential oils
- noun the process by which a liquid is heated and the resulting vapour is then condensed and collected
- noun the action of distilling a liquid
- the process of boiling wine to turn the alcohol and volatile flavour-carrying substances into a steam vapour, which is then channelled and cooled along a tube to condense the steam into a liquid that has high alcohol levels and the essential flavours of the wine. The resulting liquid is called a brandy and what is left of the original wine is thrown away.