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