from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To promote the growth of; incite.
- transitive v. To treat (the skin, for example) by fomentation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To incite or cause troublesome acts; to encourage; to instigate.
- v. To apply a poultice to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To apply a warm lotion to; to bathe with a cloth or sponge wet with warm water or medicated liquid.
- transitive v. To cherish with heat; to foster.
- transitive v. To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements; to encourage; to abet; to instigate; -- used often in a bad sense.
- n. Fomentation.
- n. State of excitation; -- perh. confused with ferment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A warm lotion; fomentation.
- To apply warm lotions to; bathe with warm medicated liquids or warm water.
- To cherish with heat; encourage or promote the growth of by or as if by heat.
- To encourage; abet; instigate or promote by incitement: commonly used in a bad sense: as, to foment discord.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. try to stir up public opinion
- v. bathe with warm water or medicated lotions
Middle English fomenten, to apply warm liquids to the skin, from Old French fomenter, from Late Latin fōmentāre, from Latin fōmentum, poultice, from fovēre, to warm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French fomenter, from Late Latin fomentare, from Latin fomentum ("lotion"), from fovere ("heat, cherish"). (Wiktionary)