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Definition of "sublimate" [sub•li•mate]

  • Chemistry To cause (a solid or gas) to change state without becoming a liquid. (verb-transitive)
  • To modify the natural expression of (a primitive, instinctual impulse) in a socially acceptable manner. (verb-transitive)
  • To divert the energy associated with (an unacceptable impulse or drive) into a personally and socially acceptable activity. (verb-transitive)
  • Chemistry To transform directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sublimate" in a sentence
  • "By Joerg Colberg on January 28, 2004 5: 36 PM sublimate is one of those weblogs that I should have linked to a long time ago. coincidences"
  • "And I believe that when corrosive sublimate is slow in taking hold, alternate dressings of peroxide of hydrogen are just the thing."
  • "Calomel is often given as a medicine, but not so with corrosive sublimate, which is usually employed in the arts as a poison."