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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sublime  \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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sublime  \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}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sublime  \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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sublime  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  inspiring  awe;  "well-meaning  ineptitude  that  rises  to 
  empyreal  absurdity"-  M.S.Dworkin;  "empyrean  aplomb"- 
  Hamilton  Basso;  "the  sublime  beauty  of  the  night" 
  [syn:  {empyreal},  {empyrean}] 
  2:  worthy  of  adoration  or  reverence  [syn:  {revered},  {reverenced}, 
  {reverend},  {venerated}] 
  3:  (archaic)  lifted  up  or  set  high;  "their  hearts  were  jocund 
  and  sublime"-  Milton 
  v  :  vaporize  and  then  condense  right  back  again  [syn:  {sublimate}] 

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