American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Chemistry To cause (a solid or gas) to change state without becoming a liquid.
- v. To modify the natural expression of (a primitive, instinctual impulse) in a socially acceptable manner.
- v. To divert the energy associated with (an unacceptable impulse or drive) into a personally and socially acceptable activity.
- v. Chemistry To transform directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring (a solid substance, such as camphor or sulphur) by heat into the state of vapor, which on cooling returns again to the solid state. See sublimation.
- To extract by or as by sublimation.
- Figuratively, to deprive of earthly dross; elevate; refine; purify; idealize.
- Brought into a state of vapor by heat, and again condensed, as camphor, sulphur, etc.; hence, elevated; purified.
- n. Anything produced by sublimation or refining.
- n. In mineralogy, the deposit formed, as in a glass tube or on a surface of charcoal, when a mineral containing a volatile ingredient is heated before the blowpipe.
- v. transitive, intransitive, physics To change state from a solid to a gas (or from a gas to a solid) without passing through the liquid state.
- v. To purify or refine a substance through such a change of state.
- v. transitive, psychoanalysis To modify the natural expression of a sexual or primitive instinct in a socially acceptable manner; to divert the energy of such an instinct into some acceptable activity.
- v. archaic To raise to a place of honor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To bring by heat into the state of vapor, which, on cooling, returns again to the solid state.
- v. To refine and exalt; to heighten; to elevate.
- v. (Psychology) To redirect the energy (of sexual or other biological drives) into a more socially acceptable or constructive form.
- n. (Chem.) A product obtained by sublimation; hence, also, a purified product so obtained.
- adj. Brought into a state of vapor by heat, and again condensed as a solid.
- n. the product of vaporization of a solid
- adj. made pure
- v. direct energy or urges into useful activities
- v. vaporize and then condense right back again
- v. make more subtle or refined
- v. change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting
- v. remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
- Latin sublīmāre, sublīmāt-, to elevate, from sublīmis, uplifted. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“sublimate' our emotions, when life denies them an outlet on the level of our desire, by raising them to a higher and more rarified range of feeling and action.”
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