To bring by heat into the state of vapor, which, on cooling, returns again to the solid state; as, to sublimate sulphur or camphor.
- Chemistry To cause (a solid or gas) to change state without becoming a liquid.
- To modify the natural expression of (a primitive, instinctual impulse) in a socially acceptable manner.
- To divert the energy associated with (an unacceptable impulse or drive) into a personally and socially acceptable activity.
- Chemistry To transform directly from the solid to the gaseous state or from the gaseous to the solid state without becoming a liquid.