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(chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid.
(psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable.

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"Sublimation" Quotes from Famous Books

... melted in a crucible, and 1/2 lb. of purified quicksilver added to it; when this mixture is cold, it is reduced to powder, and ground with 1/2 lb. of sal-ammoniac, and 7 ozs. of flower of sulphur, till the whole is thoroughly mixed; they are then calcined in a mattrass, and the sublimation of the other ingredients leaves the tin converted into the aurum mosaicum, which is found at the bottom of the glass, like a mass of bright flakey gold powder. Should any black or discoloured particles appear, they must be removed. The sal-ammoniac ...
— Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets • Daniel Young

... cristallizes in form of silky threads, which are removed, and by continuing the evaporation we procure the phosphoric acid under the appearance of a white pellucid glass. When this is powdered, and mixed with one third its weight of charcoal, we procure very pure phosphorus by sublimation. The phosphoric acid, as procured by the above process, is never so pure as that obtained by oxygenating pure phosphorus either by combustion or by means of nitric acid; wherefore this latter should always be employed in ...
— Elements of Chemistry, - In a New Systematic Order, Containing all the Modern Discoveries • Antoine Lavoisier

... accumulations has created a great principle for energy expression—it is termed sublimation—and in popular parlance represents the spiritual striving of mankind towards the perfecting of a relation with the world of reality—the environment—which shall mean human happiness in its truest sense. One of the products ...
— Hidden Symbolism of Alchemy and the Occult Arts • Herbert Silberer

Words linked to "Sublimation" :   alteration, change, transmutation, psychology, sublimate, chemistry, modification, transformation, shift, chemical science, psychological science

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