from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something, such as a yeast, bacterium, mold, or enzyme, that causes fermentation.
- n. Fermentation.
- n. A state of agitation or of turbulent change or development.
- n. An agent that precipitates or is capable of precipitating such a state; a catalyst.
- transitive v. To produce by or as if by fermentation.
- transitive v. To cause to undergo fermentation.
- transitive v. To make turbulent; excite or agitate.
- intransitive v. To undergo fermentation.
- intransitive v. To be in an excited or agitated state; seethe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To react, using fermentation; especially to produce alcohol by aging or by allowing yeast to act on sugars; to brew.
- v. To stir up, agitate, cause unrest.
- n. Something, such as a yeast that causes fermentation.
- n. A state of agitation or of turbulent change.
- n. A catalyst.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer.
- n. Intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation.
- n. A gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid; fermentation.
- transitive v. To cause ferment or fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat.
- intransitive v. To undergo fermentation; to be in motion, or to be excited into sensible internal motion, as the constituent particles of an animal or vegetable fluid; to work; to effervesce.
- intransitive v. To be agitated or excited by violent emotions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gentle boiling, or the internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid.
- n. That which is capable of causing fermentation.
- n. Figuratively, commotion; heat; tumult; agitation: as, to put the passions in a ferment.
- To cause to boil gently; cause ebullition in.
- To cause fermentation in.
- Figuratively, to set in agitation; excite; arouse.
- To undergo fermentation.
- Figuratively, to be in agitation; be excited, as by violent emotions or passions, or great problems.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
- n. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
- v. be in an agitated or excited state
- v. cause to undergo fermentation
- v. work up into agitation or excitement
- n. a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
- v. go sour or spoil
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fermentum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fermentare ("to leaven, ferment"), from fermentum ("substance causing fermentation"), from fervere ("to boil, seethe"). Confer French ferment, see also fervent. (Wiktionary)