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Noun: sublimation  ,sú-bli'mey-shun
  1. (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
  2. (psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable

Derived forms: sublimations

Type of: alteration, change, modification, shift, transformation, transmutation

Encyclopedia: Sublimation