Definitions for: Sublimate


[n] the product of vaporization of a solid
[adj] made pure
[v] vaporize and then condense right back again
[v] change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated"
[v] remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distiilation; "purify the water"
[v] make more subtle or refined
[v] direct energy or urges into useful activities



Webster (1913) Definition: Sub"li*mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sublimated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Sublimating.] [L. sublimatus, p. p. of
sublimare to raise, elevate, fr. sublimis high: cf. F.
sublimer. See Sublime, a., and cf. Surlime, v. t.]
1. To bring by heat into the state of vapor, which, on
cooling, returns again to the solid state; as, to
sublimate sulphur or camphor.

2. To refine and exalt; to heighten; to elevate.

The precepts of Christianity are . . . so apt to
cleanse and sublimate the more gross and corrupt.
--Dr. H. More.


Sub"li*mate, n. [LL. sublimatum.] (Chem.)
A product obtained by sublimation; hence, also, a purified
product so obtained.

Corrosive sublimate. (Chem.) See under Corrosive.


Sub"li*mate, a. [LL. sublimatus.]
Brought into a state of vapor by heat, and again condensed as
a solid.

Synonyms: distill, make pure, pure, purified, purify, rarefy, refined, sublime, subtilize

See Also: aerify, airt, alter, ameliorate, amend, better, bichloride of mercury, change, condense, corrosive sublimate, desexualise, desexualize, evaporate, gas, gasify, improve, meliorate, mercuric chloride, mercury chloride, purge, rectify, redirect, refine, resublime, vaporise, vaporize

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