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Definitions of ferment

  1.   be in an agitated or excited state; " The Middle East is fermenting"; " Her mind ferments"
  2.   To undergo fermentation; be in agitation.
  3.   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.
  4.   That which causes chemical change or fermentation; a gentle boiling or swelling in a liquid; internal commotion; tumult.
  5.   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.
  6.   That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer.
  7.   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.
  8.   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.
  9.   Fermentable.
  10.   To cause or to undergo fermentation.
  11.   To be agitated or excited by violent emotions.
  12.   That which possesses the power of inducing fermentation; agitation; tumult; intestine motion.
  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.   a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
  15.   A substance, organized or unorganized, capable of producing fermentation.
  16.   Fermentible.
  17.   To excite fermentation in; to stir up; to inflame.
  18.   To become agitated; to undergo change, with evolution of gas, as dough, wort, & c.
  19.   a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
  20.   Substance causing chemical changes in organic matters when exposed to atmospheric influences.
  21.   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"
  22.   To excite fermentation; to inflame.
  23.   To agitate; excite fermentation.
  24.   To work; to be in a state of fermentation internally; to be excited or agitated.
  25.   To produce chemical change or fermentation in; excite.
  26.   To be in a state of fermentation; effervesce or bubble; be excited.
  27.   A substance productive of fermentation.
  28.   What excites fermentation, as yeast, leaven; internal motion amongst the parts of a fluid; agitation; tumult.
  29.   go sour or spoil; " The milk has soured"; " The wine worked"; " The cream has turned-- we have to throw it out"
  30.   Intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation.
  31.   To produce fermentation in; agitate.
  32.   To cause ferment of fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat.
  33.   A gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid; fermentation.
  34.   a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; " the political ferment produced a new leadership"; " social unrest"
  35.   a chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances
  36.   Agitation; yeast or leaven.
  37.   Fermentabillty.
  38.   Excitement or agitation.
  39.   work up into agitation or excitement; " Islam is fermenting Africa"

Quotes of ferment

  1. I haven't given up on working... across the aisle on issues and maybe it'll take an election or two for that to fully ferment maybe it you know sometimes it takes awhile for people to realize what the best path is. – David Axelrod
  2. It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash. – Josh Billings
  3. If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger. – Hubert H. Humphrey
  4. I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe. – John Hurt
  5. The country is in an extraordinary ferment – William Hamilton Maxwell
  6. The gastric laboratory uses its protein ferment under an acid reaction. – Ivan Pavlov
  7. The Chicago Economics Department was in intellectual ferment although the central issues of the 1930's were very different from those in later times. I had never before encountered minds of that quality at close quarters and they influenced me strongly. – George Stigler
  8. The crisis triggered a fertile period of scientific ferment and revolution in economic theory. – James Tobin

Usage examples for ferment

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. These plaques protect the germs, which ferment and create the acid which destroys tooth structure. ” – Civics and Health by William H. Allen
  7. 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)
  8. In the tumultuous year of 1859 all Italy was in a ferment – Life of Robert Browning by William Sharp
  9. “ " Ja, ja," said with little to indicate mental ferment – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. He wondered if that inner ferment would drive him insane. ” – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. It set all my passions into a ferment I swore horrible oaths without meaning or application. ” – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  16. “ " 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
  17. 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
  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. 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
  20. 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