from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of sublimating.
- n. Something that has been sublimated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The transition of a substance from the solid phase directly to the vapor state such that it does not pass through the intermediate liquid phase.
- n. The transformation of an impulse into something socially constructive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of subliming, or the state or result of being sublimed.
- n. The act of heightening or improving; exaltation; elevation; purification.
- n. That which is sublimed; the product of a purifying process.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chem., the act or process of sublimating; a process by which solid substances are, by the aid of heat, converted into vapor, which is again condensed into the solid state by the application of cold.
- n. The act of heightening, refining, purifying, or freeing (something) from baser qualities: as, the sublimation of the affections.
- n. That which has been highly refined or purified; hence, the highest product of anything.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
- n. (psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable
From Medieval Latin sublimationem. (Wiktionary)