What does sublime mean?

Definitions for sublime
səˈblaɪmsub·lime

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. empyreal, empyrean, sublime(adj)

    inspiring awe

    "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin; "empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso; "the sublime beauty of the night"

  2. reverend, sublime(adj)

    worthy of adoration or reverence

  3. sublime(adj)

    lifted up or set high

    "their hearts were jocund and sublime"- Milton

  4. exalted, elevated, sublime, grand, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, rarefied, rarified, idealistic, noble-minded(verb)

    of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

    "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept"; "a grand purpose"

  5. sublime, sublimate(verb)

    vaporize and then condense right back again

  6. sublime, sublimate(verb)

    change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting

    "sublime iodine"; "some salts sublime when heated"

Wiktionary

  1. sublime(Noun)

    something sublime

    Etymology: From sublime, from sublimis, from sub- + uncertain, often identified with limis, ablative singular of limus or limen

  2. sublime(Verb)

    To sublimate.

    Etymology: From sublime, from sublimis, from sub- + uncertain, often identified with limis, ablative singular of limus or limen

  3. sublime(Adjective)

    Noble and majestic.

    Etymology: From sublime, from sublimis, from sub- + uncertain, often identified with limis, ablative singular of limus or limen

  4. sublime(Adjective)

    Impressive and awe-inspiring.

    Etymology: From sublime, from sublimis, from sub- + uncertain, often identified with limis, ablative singular of limus or limen

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sublime

    lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted; lofty

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  2. Sublime

    distinguished by lofty or noble traits; eminent; -- said of persons

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  3. Sublime

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  4. Sublime

    elevated by joy; elate

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  5. Sublime

    lofty of mien; haughty; proud

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  6. Sublime(noun)

    that which is sublime; -- with the definite article

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  7. Sublime(noun)

    a grand or lofty style in speaking or writing; a style that expresses lofty conceptions

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  8. Sublime(noun)

    that which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the merely beautiful

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  9. Sublime(verb)

    to raise on high

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  10. Sublime(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  11. Sublime(verb)

    to exalt; to heighten; to improve; to purify

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  12. Sublime(verb)

    to dignify; to ennoble

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

  13. Sublime(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. L. sublimare, F. sublimer to subject to sublimation. See Sublime, a., and cf. Sublimate, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Sublime

    Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh. Michael 'Miguel' Happoldt also contributed on a few Sublime songs, such as "New Thrash". Lou Dog, Nowell's dalmatian, was the mascot of the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. In 1997, posthumous songs such as "Santeria", "The Wrong Way", "Doin' Time", and "April 29, 1992" were released to U.S. radio. Sublime released three studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, three EPs and one box set. Although their first two albums—40 Oz. to Freedom and Robbin' the Hood —were quite popular in the United States, Sublime did not experience major commercial success until 1996 with their self-titled third album, released two months after Nowell's death, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the single "What I Got", which remains the band's only number one hit single in their musical career. As of 2009, the band has sold over 17 million albums worldwide, including about 10 million in the U.S. alone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sublime

    sub-līm′, adj. high: lofty: majestic: awakening feelings of awe or veneration.—n. that which is sublime: the lofty or grand in thought or style (The sublime): the emotion produced by sublime objects.—v.t. to exalt: to dignify, to ennoble: to improve: to purify, to bring to a state of vapour by heat and condense again by cold.—v.i. to be sublimed or sublimated.—adv. Sublime′ly, in a sublime manner: loftily: with elevated conceptions.—ns. Sublime′ness, Sublim′ity, loftiness: elevation: grandeur: loftiness of thought or style: nobleness of nature or character: excellence. [L. sublimis, high, ety. dub.; perh. sub-limen, up to the lintel.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sublime in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sublime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sublime in a Sentence

  1. Rabbi Harold Kushner:

    One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick.

  2. Ian Hornak, Cover Magazine, 1994; American Idealist & Realist Painter and Draughtsman recognized for his collaboration with the:

    While I know that the beautiful, the spiritual, and the sublime are today suspect, I have begun to stop resisting the constant urge to deny that beauty has a valid right to exist in contemporary art.

  3. John Keats:

    Though the most beautiful creature were waiting for me at the end of a journey or a walk; though the carpet were of silk, the curtains of the morning clouds; the chairs and sofa stuffed with cygnet's down; the food manna, the wine beyond claret, the window opening on Winander Mere, I should not feel --or rather my happiness would not be so fine, as my solitude is sublime.

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    For most of the things children do, parents are responsible. A good seed, noble thoughts and upbringing deeds can determine the character and personality feeds of our children. The amount of money we spend on them is not funny, to please them that's ain't the way honey! Give them your time to make their life sublime. Children are soft clay, mould them the appropriate way. Let your children's life not be compromised, let them blossom in fertile fields to Get Mickeymized.

  5. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong.

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