Definitions of ferment

  1.   a state of agitation or turbulent change or development the political ferment produced a new leadership social unrest
  2.   be in an agitated or excited state The Middle East is fermenting Her mind ferments
  3.   a chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances
  4.   a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances especially the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
  5.   a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
  6.   go sour or spoil The milk has soured The wine worked The cream has turned we have to throw it out
  7.   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
  8.   work up into agitation or excitement Islam is fermenting Africa
  9.   That which causes fermentation as yeast barm or fermenting beer
  10.   Intestine motion heat tumult agitation
  11.   A gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid fermentation
  12.   To cause ferment of fermentation in to set in motion to excite internal emotion in to heat
  13.   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
  14.   To be agitated or excited by violent emotions
  15.   That which causes chemical change or fermentation a gentle boiling or swelling in a liquid internal commotion tumult
  16.   To produce chemical change or fermentation in excite
  17.   To be in a state of fermentation effervesce or bubble be excited
  18.   To cause or to undergo fermentation
  19.   A substance which in small amount is capable of causing the decomposition of large quantities of an organic compound itself often undergoing no apparent change
  20.   Substance causing chemical changes in organic matters when exposed to atmospheric influences
  21.   What excites fermentation as yeast leaven internal motion amongst the parts of a fluid agitation tumult
  22.   To excite fermentation to inflame
  23.   To rise and swell by the action of fermentation to work used of wine etc to be in excited action to be stirred with anger
  24.   Agitation yeast or leaven
  25.   To agitate excite fermentation
  26.   To become agitated to undergo change with evolution of gas as dough wort c
  27.   To produce fermentation in agitate
  28.   To undergo fermentation be in agitation
  29.   Fermentabillty
  30.   Fermentable
  31.   Fermentible
  32.   A substance productive of fermentation
  33.   Excitement or agitation
  34.   A substance in a state of decay or putrefaction which excites fermentation internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid commotiou heat tumult agitation
  35.   To excite fermentation in to stir up to inflame
  36.   To work to be in a state of fermentation internally to be excited or agitated
  37.   To cause to rise or swell by yeast as dough to cause to froth up by the addition of yeast to effervesce to produce a boiling or frothy motion in any substance as in a liquid
  38.   That which possesses the power of inducing fermentation agitation tumult intestine motion
  39.   A substance organized or unorganized capable of producing fermentation

Usage examples for ferment

  1. Those who deal in timber are not the only merchants who scent danger to their interests in the political ferment of the times ” – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  2. So aristocratic Angouleme was in such a prodigious ferment of curiosity that certain of the Chandour camp proposed to go to the Hotel de Bargeton that evening – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  3. It set all my passions into a ferment I swore horrible oaths without meaning or application – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  4. Ja ja said with little to indicate mental ferment – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  5. The tidings of this massacre threw the country into a ferment – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  6. It is well boiled and then put into great jars in which it stands three or four days to ferment – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  7. Already she had most of the old servants in a state of ferment if not open hostility – Peggy Stewart at School by Gabrielle E. Jackson
  8. These plaques protect the germs which ferment and create the acid which destroys tooth structure – Civics and Health by William H. Allen
  9. In the tumultuous year of 1859 all Italy was in a ferment – Life of Robert Browning by William Sharp
  10. Dear Helen consider Dear May I won't consider she interrupted her for I am in such a ferment of delight what with the idea of company and having a harp once more I am really half wild and could not pray for the life of me at least as people ought to pray – May Brooke by Anna H. Dorsey
  11. This last circumstance was owing no doubt to a ferment of excitement that had suddenly possessed the Delawares ” – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  12. Having allowed the whole to stand and ferment for three or four days fine it with white sugar flour and whites of eggs ” – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  13. This ferment has long since subsided and much of what was then seething has gone off in vapor or other volatile products – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  14. He wondered if that inner ferment would drive him insane – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  15. But in Britain the industrial ferment has gone much further than with us and such a result was inevitable – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. And little wonder when we consider the state of ferment and disorder which in a greater or less degree has always prevailed there – Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern
  17. The ferment of continued over excitement calmed very much by our rest in the various places I have mentioned had not yet wholly worked itself off – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  18. Though you may not suspect it my mind is in a ferment I must try to think – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  19. Let the whole be now put into a cask to ferment and add a pound and a half of loaf sugar to each gallon – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  20. At the moment when our history begins the audacity of the new religious doctrines was putting all Paris in a ferment – Catherine de' Medici by Honore de Balzac