- Psychology. 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.
- to sublime (a solid substance); extract by this process.
- to refine or purify (a substance).
- to make nobler or purer: To read about great men sublimates ambition.
- to become sublimated; undergo sublimation.
- Chemistry. the crystals, deposit, or material obtained when a substance is sublimated.
- purified or exalted; sublimated.
Origin of sublimate
Related Words for sublimaterepress, uphold, cleanse, rarefy, clean, refine, transfer, suppress, redirect
Examples from the Web for sublimate
Historical Examples of sublimate
Now that they're out of their force field, they'll start to sublimate.Millennium
Everett B. Cole
It readily furnishes a sublimate at 100°, partially decomposing.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
Boil them in a glass bottel till the sublimate be dissolved.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
We must sublimate it, grind it down, hammer it out into a useful pattern.Exploiter's End
In this there will always be a little of the sublimate left on the bottom of the jar.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
William T. Hornaday
- psychol to direct the energy of (a primitive impulse, esp a sexual one) into activities that are considered to be socially more acceptable
- (tr) to make purer; refine
- chem the material obtained when a substance is sublimed
- exalted or purified
Word Origin for sublimate
1560s, from Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare (see sublimation). Related: Sublimated; sublimating.
- 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.