American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To produce by or as if by fermentation.
- v. To cause to undergo fermentation.
- v. To make turbulent; excite or agitate.
- v. To undergo fermentation.
- v. To be in an excited or agitated state; seethe.
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. Ferments are of two kinds, organized and unorganized. Organized ferments belong to the lowest order of microscopic fungi. (See
fermentation.) Unorganized or chemical ferments are substances capable of causing chemical changes in certain other substances without themselves being permanently changed in the process: as diastase, maltin, and ptyalin, which convert starch into a soluble modification or into sugar; pepsin, which dissolves proteids, forming peptones; emulsin, which resolves amygdalin into oil of bitter almonds, prussic acid, and dextrose.
- 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer.
- n. Intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation.
- n. rare A gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid; fermentation.
- v. To cause ferment or fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat.
- 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.
- v. To be agitated or excited by violent emotions.
- 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
- From Latin fermentare ("to leaven, ferment"), from fermentum ("substance causing fermentation"), from fervere ("to boil, seethe"). Confer French ferment, see also fervent. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fermentum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It has been known for a long time that the pancreatic juice contains all the three ferments which act on the major food substances - a protein ferment, which is different from the gastric ferment, a starch ferment and a fat ferment.”
“Or did you notice? — and I wonder what all the ferment is about.”
“Copyright and patent are in ferment because of the digital revolution.”
“I grew up and started hooping when the ferment from the high Sixties had not yet retreated so much.”
“That may be true, but these are delicate skills to master and practice, and who in the social media ferment is evangelising them?”
“Date-wine (ferment from the fruit, not the Tádi, or juice of the stem, our “toddy”) is called Fazikh.”
“Simultaneously we established that the walls of the upper section of the intestine secrete a special fermentative substance the action of which is to transform the inactive pancreatic protein ferment into an active one.”
“I refer to his extremely interesting observation that a certain ferment or more correctly”
“In a few minutes the gastric reagent, an acid solution of the gastric protein ferment, begins to exude from the walls of the stomach.”
“The gastric laboratory uses its protein ferment under an acid reaction.”
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