- The definition of sublimation is the process when socially unacceptable impulses are turned into more socially acceptable acts and feelings.
An example of sublimation is the act of a person creating paintings for sale instead of graffiti.
- Sublimation is a chemical process where a solid turns into a gas without going through a liquid stage.
An example of sublimiation is when ice cubes shrink in the freezer.
- The meaning of sublimation is causing something to change from solid to a gas, without becoming a liquid.
An example of sublimation is when the cold and dry weather causes a snow bank to shrink.
From Medieval Latin sublimationem.
Variant of sublimate
transitive verbsublimated, sublimating
- 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 of sublimate; from Classical Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare: see sublime,