- Sublimate is defined as to cause the change of a gas into a solid or a solid into a gas without becoming a liquid, or to have a refining effect on someone or something.
An example of sublimate is dry ice turning directly into carbon dioxide from solid form.
sublimate definition by Webster's New World
- to cause to change directly from a solid to a gas, or from a gas to a solid, without becoming a liquid
- to have a purifying or ennobling influence or effect on
- to express (socially or personally unacceptable impulses, specif. sexual impulses) in constructive, acceptable forms, often unconsciously
Origin: ; from Classical Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare: see sublime,
- sublimation noun
sublimate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sub·li·mat·ed, sub·li·mat·ing, sub·li·mates verb, transitive
- Chemistry To cause (a solid or gas) to change state without becoming a liquid.
- 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 a personally and socially acceptable activity.
Origin: Latin sublīmāre, sublīmāt-, to elevate, from sublīmis, uplifted.
sublimate - Medical Definition
- To transform directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid.
- To modify the natural expression of an instinctual impulse, especially a sexual one, in a socially acceptable manner.