• WordNet 3.6
    • n sublimation (psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable
    • n sublimation (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sublimation That which is sublimed; the product of a purifying process. "Religion is the perfection, refinement, and sublimation of morality."
    • Sublimation The act of heightening or improving; exaltation; elevation; purification.
    • Sublimation (Chem) The act or process of subliming, or the state or result of being sublimed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sublimation In chem., the act or process of sublimating; a process by which solid substances are, by the aid of heat, converted into vapor, which is again condensed into the solid state by the application of cold. Sublimation effects for solids to some extent what distillation effects for liquids. Both processes purify the substances to which they are severally applied, by separating them from the fixed matters with which they are associated. Sublimation is usually conducted in one vessel, the product being deposited in the upper part of the vessel in a solid state, and often in the crystalline form, while the impurity remains in the lower part. The vapors of some substances which undergo the process of sublimation condense in the form of a flue powder called flowers; such are the flowers of sulphur, flowers of benzoin, etc. Other sublimates are obtained in a solid and compact form, as camphor, ammonium chlorid, and all the sublimates of mercury.
    • n sublimation The act of heightening, refining, purifying, or freeing (something) from baser qualities: as, the sublimation of the affections.
    • n sublimation That which has been highly refined or purified; hence, the highest product of anything.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sublimation the act of purifying by raising into vapour by heat and condensing by cold: elevation: exaltation
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  • James Russell Lowell
    “Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not; the inventions are excellent, but the inventors one is sometimes ashamed of.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.”
  • Lauter
    “He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.”


From the sublime to the ridiculous - If something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. sublimatio,: cf. F. sublimation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sublimāre, -ātum, to lift up.


In literature:

The sublimity of the sentiment consists in its being the secret possession of the Father.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Correggio, on the other hand, is sublime at Parma; he is wonderful!
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The whole was a sublime and beautiful sight.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
And what more sublime delight, than to mingle tears with one whom the hand of Heaven hath smitten!
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The more pervading effect of beauty gives place to what may almost be called explosions of sublimity or pathos.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
Here you will see displayed the same sublime principle, tho in a modified degree.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
Even the eloquence of Tacitus, however nervous and sublime, was not unaffected.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
He seemed to prefer history as sublimated in the poet's song.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
Medea is often sublime, and always touching.
"On the Sublime" by Longinus
The lines in which he addresses that Pallis Court, at the end of Jacob Omnium's Hoss, are almost sublime.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

There's nothing here, in form or theme,
Of thought sublime or art supreme:
We would not have the critic weigh
Our college rhymes.
"A Rondeau of College Rhymes" by Henry Van Dyke
'Still thou speakest with thy children
Freely as in eld sublime;
Humbleness, and love, and patience,
Still give empire over time.
"A Parable" by James Russell Lowell
Into Life's sublime arena,
Opening through the world's broad mart,
Bear thy Mother's gentle spirit,
And her kind and loving heart.
"Lines To D. G. T., Of Sherwood" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
In thy retreats where prayer and praise,
Life's fleeting hours divide;
Sublimely rais'd above the world,
Her anxious cares subside.
"Address To Solitude" by Elizabeth Bath
Where'er I turn, where'er I go,
Spirit sublime! Thy light, Thy love,
Are there: in ocean-caves below,
On yonder farthest orb above.
"Summer: Monday Morning" by John Bowring
The azure blue, the heavenly hue,
The first created realm of blue;
And over its radiance divine
My soul does pour its love sublime.
"Sky-Blue" by Nikoloz Baratashvili

In news:

Sublime w/Rome, Soundswell, The Pimps of Joytime, and John Brown 's Body.
Rice-Iranian House of Kabob 's sublime Persian rice used to be just a Lake Forest treat, but now it's in Irvine, too.
But Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallace still found Tuesday night's Music@Menlo concert simply sublime.
Forward, it's enticing -- but in reverse, it's sublime.
But with good ingredients and a few simple techniques, quesadillas can actually be quite sublime.
Havas, whose sublime debut CD "Is Your Love Big Enough".
As beautiful as it is sublime.
The Sublime Cats of Cartier .
Sandwiched between the two sublime concertos is the three-movement Modificata.
Jenny Hart is familiar to anyone in the alt craft scene as the powerhouse behind Sublime Stitching.
At the Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion Sublime with Rome.
The Hawk has your chance to see Sublime with Rome at the Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion on August 23rd.
Former band members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh reunite with singer Rome Ramirez in a new group, fittingly enough called Sublime with Rome.
Sublime to ridiculous--yup, that's face2face.
Sublime with Rome will headline Wednesday, May 7, at Saltair.

In science:

If the activity is driven by sublimation, MBCs represent an unexpected and persistent reservoir of water in the inner solar system.
Faint moving object detection, and the Low Signal-to-Noise recovery of Main Belt comet P/2008 R1 Garradd
Fullerene molecules were brought into the gas phase by sublimating the powder form in an oven at a temperature of approximately 900K.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
First, the interior of a frozen membrane is exposed by fracturing; then, the ice that covers one of the adjacent membrane surfaces is sublimed away: this process is called deep-etching.
Amphiphilic Membranes
If the grain temperature is less than the sublimation temperature of the H2O ice (Tsub,H2O ≃ 110 − 120 K), the H2O ice is able to fill all or part of the vaccum in the grain.
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk
The break in the grain temperature is due to H2O ice sublimation (see also Figure 5).
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk