from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The anaerobic conversion of sugar to carbon dioxide and alcohol by yeast.
- n. Any of a group of chemical reactions induced by living or nonliving ferments that split complex organic compounds into relatively simple substances.
- n. Unrest; agitation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many anaerobic biochemical reactions in which an enzyme (or several enzymes produced by a microorganism) catalyses the conversion of one substance into another; especially the conversion (using yeast) of sugars to alcohol or acetic acid with the evolution of carbon dioxide
- n. A state of agitation or excitement; a ferment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The process of undergoing an effervescent change, as by the action of yeast
- n. A state of agitation or excitement, as of the intellect or the feelings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gentle boiling or ebullition.
- n. A decomposition produced in an organic substance by the physiological action of a living organism or by certain unorganized agents. See ferment.
- n. Figuratively, the state of being in high activity or commotion; agitation; excitement, as of the intellect or feelings, a society, etc.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. Synonyms See ebullition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
- 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
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