AskDefine | Define sublimate

Dictionary Definition

sublimate adj : made pure [syn: purified, refined] n : the product of vaporization of a solid

Verb

1 direct energy or urges into useful activities
2 make more subtle or refined [syn: rarefy, subtilize]
3 remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation; "purify the water" [syn: purify, make pure, distill]
4 change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated" [syn: sublime]
5 vaporize and then condense right back again [syn: sublime]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈsʌblɪmeɪt/

Verb

  1. To change state from a solid to a gas (or from a gas to a solid) without passing through the liquid state (transitive or intransitive)
  2. To purify or refine a substance through such a change of state.
  3. , (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.
  4. To raise to a place of honor.

Translations

to change from solid to gas
  • Bosnian: sublimirati
  • Croatian: sublimirati
  • Finnish: sublimoitua
  • French: sublimer
  • German: sublimieren
  • Japanese: 昇華させる (shōka saseru)
  • Portuguese: sublimar
  • Spanish: sublimar
  • Swedish: sublimera
purify or refine
  • Bosnian: sublimirati
  • Croatian: sublimirati
  • French: sublimer
  • Portuguese: sublimar
  • Spanish: sublimar
psychoanalysis
  • Bosnian: sublimirati
  • Croatian: sublimirati
  • Finnish: sublimoitua
  • French: sublimer
  • German: sublimieren
  • Japanese: 昇華させる (shōka saseru)
  • Portuguese: sublimar
  • Spanish: sublimar
  • Swedish: sublimera
to raise to a place of honor
  • Bosnian: sublimirati
  • Croatian: sublimirati
  • French: honorer
  • Portuguese: sublimar

Italian

Verb

sublimate
  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, sublimare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, sublimare#Italian|sublimare

Extensive Definition

Sublimation can have several meanings:
  • Sublimation (chemistry), the change from solid to gas, while at no point becoming a liquid.
  • Sublimation (psychology), the transformation of emotions.
  • Dye sublimation, the transference of printed images to a synthetic substrate by the application of heat.
  • Sublation, the purification or exaltation of a thing by its negation or redirection.
  • in Iain M. Banks' science fiction novels, the process of a civilization becoming one of the Sublimed.
sublimate in German: Sublimierung
sublimate in Spanish: Sublimación (desambiguación)
sublimate in French: Sublimation
sublimate in Galician: Sublimación
sublimate in Latvian: Sublimācija
sublimate in Dutch: Sublimeren
sublimate in Japanese: 昇華
sublimate in Polish: Sublimacja
sublimate in Russian: Сублимация
sublimate in Slovak: Sublimácia
sublimate in Ukrainian: Сублімація

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