v. sub·li·mat·ed, sub·li·mat·ing, sub·li·mates
To be transformed directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid.
1. Chemistry To cause (a solid or gas) to sublimate.
a. To modify the natural expression of (a primitive, instinctual impulse) in a socially acceptable manner.
b. To divert the energy associated with (an unacceptable impulse or drive) into an acceptable activity.
Chemistry A product of sublimation.
[Latin sublīmāre, sublīmāt-, to elevate, from sublīmis, uplifted.]
sub′li·mation (-māshən) n.
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