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sublimation

[ suhb-luh-mey-shuhn ]
/ 藢s蕦b l蓹藞me瑟 蕛蓹n /
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noun
Psychology. the diversion of 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.
Chemistry. the act, fact, or process of subliming (def. 9).
a purification or refinement; ennoblement.
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British Dictionary definitions for sublimation

sublimation
/ (藢s蕦bl瑟藞me瑟蕛蓹n) /

noun
(in Freudian psychology) the diversion of psychic energy derived from sexual impulses into nonsexual activity, esp of a creative nature
the process or an instance of sublimating
something sublimated
chem the process or instance or subliming
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Scientific definitions for sublimation

sublimation
[ s怒b鈥瞝蓹-m膩sh蓹n ]

The process of changing from a solid to a gas without passing through an intermediate liquid phase. Carbon dioxide, at a pressure of one atmosphere, sublimates at about -78 degrees Celsius. Ice and snow on the Earth's surface also sublimate at temperatures below the freezing point of water. Compare deposition.
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Cultural definitions for sublimation (1 of 2)

sublimation
[ (sub-luh-may-shuhn) ]

In Freudian psychology, a defense mechanism by which the individual satisfies a socially prohibited instinctive drive (usually sexual or aggressive) through the substitution of socially acceptable behavior. For example, someone with strong sexual drives who paints nude portraits may be engaging in sublimation.

Cultural definitions for sublimation (2 of 2)

sublimation
[ (sub-luh-may-shuhn) ]

In chemistry, the direct conversion of a solid into a gas, without passage through a liquid stage. (See phases of matter.)

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