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  • n. The process of becoming ripe.
  • v. Present participle of ripen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time
  • n. coming to full development; becoming mature


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  • Their white Ale is a clear Wort made from pale Malt, and fermented with what they call ripening, which is a Composition, they say, of the Flower of Malt, Yeast and Whites of Eggs, a _Nostrum_ made and sold only by two or three in those Parts, but the Wort is brewed and the Ale vended by many of the Publicans; which is drank while it is fermenting in Earthen Steens, in such a thick manner as resembles butter'd Ale, and sold for Twopence

    The London and Country Brewer

  • Start with a fresh shrimp so the ripening is gradual.

    The Story of a Fierce Bad Agent

  • But sometimes the story is a bit late in ripening, and it's only when I see it laid out in bookform that I can see it clearly.

    Friday follies

  • This is the purpose of the changes in color, texture, and flavor that we call ripening.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • While Cobbett resisted political quietism, warning that "the seeds of destruction" were like other seeds "often of very slow growth; and the plant, unfortunately, too long in ripening" (Register 19 [1811], 1060), he was prepared to follow the logic of organic connection to its natural conclusion: the entire system would collapse if key components were sufficiently debilitated.

    William Cobbett and the Politics of System

  • If the land were occupied by shops or by dwellings, the municipality at least would secure the rates upon them in aid of the general fund; but the land may be unoccupied, undeveloped, it may be what is called "ripening" -- ripening at the expense of the whole city, of the whole country -- for the unearned increment of its owner.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem

  • Take the case to which I have already referred, of the man who keeps a large plot in or near a growing town idle for years, while it is "ripening" -- that is to say, while it is rising in price through the exertions of the surrounding community and the need of that community for more room to live.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem

  • In regards to the 2008 harvest, the last month and a half was very favorable, long and frost free, with cool temps and moderate to light rain fall which resulted in slow steady ripening, which is ideal.

    2008 Harvest Report: Finger Lakes

  • HARRIS: It was probably grown south of the border, shipped to the U.S. and stored what's called a ripening room until it was put out on the shelf for you to buy.

    CNN Transcript Jul 9, 2006

  • In order to graduate from vegetablehood, fruits must undergo the process called ripening, which creates their distinctive character.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen


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