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v. sub·li·mat·ed, sub·li·mat·ing, sub·li·mates
To be transformed directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid.
1. Chemistry To cause (a solid or gas) to sublimate.
a. To modify the natural expression of (a primitive, instinctual impulse) in a socially acceptable manner.
b. To divert the energy associated with (an unacceptable impulse or drive) into an acceptable activity.
Chemistry A product of sublimation.
[Latin sublīmāre, sublīmāt-, to elevate, from sublīmis, uplifted.]
sub′li·ma′tion (-mā′shən) n.
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1. (Psychology) psychol to direct the energy of (a primitive impulse, esp a sexual one) into activities that are considered to be socially more acceptable
2. (tr) to make purer; refine
(Chemistry) chem the material obtained when a substance is sublimed
exalted or purified
[C16: from Latin sublīmāre to elevate, from sublīmis lofty; see sublime]
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sub•li•mate(v. ˈsʌb ləˌmeɪt; n., adj. -mɪt, -ˌmeɪt)
v. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
n., adj. v.t.
1. to divert the energy of (a sexual or other biological impulse) from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use.
a. to sublime (a solid substance); extract by this process.
b. to refine or purify (a substance).
3. to make nobler or purer.v.i.
4. to become sublimated; undergo sublimation.n.
5. the crystals, deposit, or material obtained when a substance is sublimated.adj.
6. purified or exalted; sublimated.
[1425–75; < Latin sublīmātus, past participle of sublīmāre to elevate, v. derivative of sublīmis sublime; see -ate1]
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sublimate- In chemistry, to change from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without becoming a liquid.
See also related terms for solid.
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Past participle: sublimated
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|Noun||1.||sublimate - the product of vaporization of a solid|
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
|Verb||1.||sublimate - direct energy or urges into useful activities|
airt, redirect - channel into a new direction; "redirect your attention to the danger from the fundamentalists"
|2.||sublimate - make more subtle or refined|
|3.||sublimate - remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation; "purify the water"|
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
rectify, refine - reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
purge - rid of impurities; "purge the water"; "purge your mind"
|4.||sublimate - change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated"|
|5.||sublimate - vaporize and then condense right back again|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
resublime - sublime (a compound) once again
|Adj.||1.||sublimate - made pure|
pure - free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"
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sublimate[ˈsʌblɪmeɪt] vt → sublimer
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sublimate[ˈsʌblɪˌmeɪt] vt (Psych) → sublimare
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n. sublimado, sustancia adquirida por sublimación;
v. sublimar, depurar.
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