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Ferment definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FER'MENT, n. [L. fermentum, from fervo, to boil. See Fervent.]
1. A gentle boiling; or the internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid.
[In this sense it is rarely used. See Fermentation.]
2. Intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation; as, to put the passions in a ferment; the state of people are in a ferment.
Subdue and cool the ferment of desire.
3. That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer.
FERMENT', v.t. [L. fermento.]
To set in motion; to excite internal motion; to heat; to raise by intestine motion.
While youth ferments the blood.
FERMENT', v.i. To work; to effervesce; to be in motion, or to be excited into sensible internal motion, as the constituent particles of an animal or vegetable fluid. To the vinous fermentation we apply the term, work. We say that new cider, beer or wine ferments or works. But work is not applied to the other kinds of fermentation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest" [syn: agitation, ferment, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest]
2: a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
3: a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol [syn: zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting, ferment] v
1: be in an agitated or excited state; "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"
2: work up into agitation or excitement; "Islam is fermenting Africa"
3: cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats" [syn: ferment, work]
4: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn: sour, turn, ferment, work]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to undergo fermentation 2. to be in a state of agitation or intense activity transitive verb 1. to cause to undergo fermentation 2. to work up (as into a state of agitation) ; foment fermentable adjective II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin fermentum yeast more at barm Date: 15th century 1. a. a living organism (as a yeast) that causes fermentation by virtue of its enzymes b. enzyme 2. a. a state of unrest ; agitation b. a process of active often disorderly development <the great period of creative ferment in literature William Barrett>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 agitation, excitement, tumult. 2 a fermenting, fermentation. b a fermenting-agent or leaven. --v. 1 intr. & tr. undergo or subject to fermentation. 2 intr. & tr. effervesce or cause to effervesce. 3 tr. excite; stir up; foment. Derivatives: fermentable adj. fermenter n. Etymology: ME f. OF ferment or L fermentum f. L fervere boil

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ferment Fer"ment, n. [L. fermentum ferment (in senses 1 & 2), perh. for fervimentum, fr. fervere to be boiling hot, boil, ferment: cf. F. ferment. Cf. 1st Barm, Fervent.] 1. That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer. Note: Ferments are of two kinds: (a) Formed or organized ferments. (b) Unorganized or structureless ferments. The latter are also called soluble or chemical ferments, and enzymes. Ferments of the first class are as a rule simple microscopic vegetable organisms, and the fermentations which they engender are due to their growth and development; as, the acetic ferment, the butyric ferment, etc. See Fermentation. Ferments of the second class, on the other hand, are chemical substances, as a rule soluble in glycerin and precipitated by alcohol. In action they are catalytic and, mainly, hydrolytic. Good examples are pepsin of the dastric juice, ptyalin of the salvia, and disease of malt.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ferment Fer*ment", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fermented; p. pr. & vb. n. Fermenting.] [L. fermentare, fermentatum: cf. F. fermenter. See Ferment, n.] To cause ferment of fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat. Ye vigorous swains! while youth ferments your blood. --Pope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ferment Fer*ment", v. i. 1. To undergo fermentation; to be in motion, or to be excited into sensible internal motion, as the constituent oarticles of an animal or vegetable fluid; to work; to effervesce. 2. To be agitated or excited by violent emotions. But finding no redress, ferment an rage. --Milton. The intellect of the age was a fermenting intellect. --De Quincey.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fermented) 1. Ferment is excitement and trouble caused by change or uncertainty. The whole country has been in a state of political ferment for some months. = turmoil 2. If a food, drink, or other natural substance ferments, or if it is fermented, a chemical change takes place in it so that alcohol is produced. This process forms part of the production of alcoholic drinks such as wine and beer. The dried grapes are allowed to ferment until there is no sugar left and the wine is dry... To serve the needs of bakers, manufacturers ferment the yeast to produce a more concentrated product. VERB: V, V n fermentation Yeast is essential for the fermentation that produces alcohol.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Yeast, leaven, barm. 2. Fermentation, fungic transformation. 3. Agitation, commotion, tumult, heat, glow, fever, state of excitement. II. v. a. 1. Set in fermentation, set fermenting, produce fermentation in, transform by means of a ferment. 2. Excite, agitate, heat. III. v. n. 1. Work, be in a ferment, undergo fermentation, be fermented. 2. Be excited, be agitated, be on fire.

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