Definitions for ferment

Definitions for (noun) ferment

Main entry: zymolysis, zymosis, ferment, fermentation, fermenting

Definition: a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol

Main entry: unrest, ferment, fermentation, tempestuousness, agitation

Definition: a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

Usage: the political ferment produced new leadership; social unrest

Main entry: ferment

Definition: a substance capable of bringing about fermentation

Definitions for (verb) ferment

Main entry: ferment, work, sour, turn

Definition: go sour or spoil

Usage: The milk has soured; The wine worked; The cream has turned--we have to throw it out

Main entry: ferment, work

Definition: cause to undergo fermentation

Usage: We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content; The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats

Main entry: ferment

Definition: work up into agitation or excitement

Usage: Islam is fermenting Africa

Main entry: ferment

Definition: be in an agitated or excited state

Usage: The Middle East is fermenting; Her mind ferments

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