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Meaning of SUBLIME

Pronunciation:  su'blIm

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (archaic) lifted up or set high; "their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton
  2. [adj]  inspiring awe; "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin; "empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso; "the sublime beauty of the night"
  3. [adj]  worthy of adoration or reverence
  4. [v]  vaporize and then condense right back again
  5. [v]  change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting; "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated"

SUBLIME is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: elated, empyreal, empyrean, glorious, revered, reverenced, reverend, sacred, sublimate, venerated
 See Also: aerify, change, condense, evaporate, gasify, resublime, vaporise, vaporize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sub*lime"\, a. [Compar. {Sublimer}; superl.
    {Sublimest}.] [L. sublimis; sub under + (perhaps) a word akin
    to limen lintel, sill, thus meaning, up to the lintel: cf. F.
    sublime. Cf. {Eliminate}.]
    1. Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty.
             Sublime on these a tower of steel is reared.
    2. Distinguished by lofty or noble traits; eminent; -- said
       of persons. ``The sublime Julian leader.'' --De Quincey.
    3. Awakening or expressing the emotion of awe, adoration,
       veneration, heroic resolve, etc.; dignified; grand;
       solemn; stately; -- said of an impressive object in
       nature, of an action, of a discourse, of a work of art, of
       a spectacle, etc.; as, sublime scenery; a sublime deed.
             Easy in words thy style, in sense sublime. --Prior.
             Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be
             strong.                               --Longfellow.
    4. Elevated by joy; elate. [Poetic]
             Their hearts were jocund and sublime, Drunk with
             idolatry, drunk with wine.            --Milton.
    5. Lofty of mien; haughty; proud. [Poetic] ``Countenance
       sublime and insolent.'' --Spenser.
             His fair, large front and eye sublime declared
             Absolute rule.                        --Milton.
    Syn: Exalted; lofty; noble; majestic. See {Grand}.
  2. \Sub*lime"\, n.
    That which is sublime; -- with the definite article; as:
    (a) A grand or lofty style in speaking or writing; a style
        that expresses lofty conceptions.
              The sublime rises from the nobleness of thoughts,
              the magnificence of words, or the harmonious and
              lively turn of the phrase.           --Addison.
    (b) That which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished
        from the merely beautiful.
  3. \Sub*lime"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sublimed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Subliming}.] [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to
    subject to sublimation. See {Sublime}, a., and cf.
    {Sublimate}, v. t.]
    1. To raise on high. [Archaic]
             A soul sublimed by an idea above the region of
             vanity and conceit.                   --E. P.
    2. (Chem.) To subject to the process of sublimation; to heat,
       volatilize, and condense in crystals or powder; to distill
       off, and condense in solid form; hence, also, to purify.
    3. To exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify.
             The sun . . . Which not alone the southern wit
             sublimes, But ripens spirits in cold, northern
             climes.                               --Pope.
    4. To dignify; to ennoble.
             An ordinary gift can not sublime a person to a
             supernatural employment.              --Jer. Taylor.
  4. \Sub*lime"\, v. i. (Chem.)
    To pass off in vapor, with immediate condensation;
    specifically, to evaporate or volatilize from the solid state
    without apparent melting; -- said of those substances, like
    arsenic, benzoic acid, etc., which do not exhibit a liquid
    form on heating, except under increased pressure.