sublime

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sub•lime /səˈblaɪm/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.
  2. impressing the mind with a sense of grandness or power.
  3. supreme or outstanding:a sublime dinner.

n. [uncountable]
    the sublime: 
      • the realm of things that are sublime:from the sublime to the ridiculous.
      • the greatest or supreme degree.
    See -lim-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sub•lime  (sə blīm), 
adj., n., v., -limed, -lim•ing. 

adj. 
  1. elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise Lost is sublime poetry.
  2. impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power;
    inspiring awe, veneration, etc.:Switzerland has sublime scenery.
  3. supreme or outstanding:a sublime dinner.
  4. complete; absolute;
    utter:sublime stupidity.
  5. [Archaic.]
      • of lofty bearing.
      • haughty.
  6. [Archaic.]raised high;
    high up.

n. 
    the sublime: 
      • the realm of things that are sublime:the sublime in art.
      • the quality of sublimity.
      • the greatest or supreme degree.

v.t. 
  1. to make higher, nobler, or purer.
  2. [Chem.]
      • to convert (a solid substance) by heat into a vapor, which on cooling condenses again to solid form, without apparent liquefaction.
      • to cause to be given off by this or some analogous process.

v.i. 
  1. Chemistry[Chem.]to volatilize from the solid state to a gas, and then condense again as a solid without passing through the liquid state.
Etymology:
  • Latin sublimāre to raise, derivative of sublimis
  • Old French sublimer
  • Latin sublīmis high, equivalent. to sub- sub- + an element of uncertain origin, originally, variously identified with līmis, līmus oblique or līmen lintel, threshold; (verb, verbal) Middle English sublimen
  • (noun, nominal and adjective, adjectival) 1350–1400
sub•limely, adv. 
sub•limeness, n. 
sub•limer, n. 
1 . exalted, noble. 2 . magnificent, superb, august, grand, gorgeous, resplendent, imposing, majestic.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

sublime /səˈblaɪm/ adj
  1. of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted
  2. inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity
  3. unparalleled; supreme
  4. poetic of proud bearing or aspect
  5. archaic raised up
n the sublime
  1. something that is sublime
  2. the ultimate degree or perfect example: the sublime of folly
vb
  1. (transitive) to make higher or purer
  2. to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting
  3. to undergo or cause to undergo this process followed by a reverse change directly from a vapour to a solid: to sublime iodine onto glass
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin sublīmis lofty, perhaps from sub- up to + līmen lintel

subˈlimely adv sublimity /səˈblɪmɪtɪ/ n



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