- Also called organized ferment. any of a group of living organisms, as yeasts, molds, and certain bacteria, that cause fermentation.
- Also called unorganized ferment. an enzyme.
- agitation; unrest; excitement; commotion; tumult: The new painters worked in a creative ferment. The capital lived in a political ferment.
- to act upon as a ferment.
- to cause to undergo fermentation.
- to inflame; foment: to ferment prejudiced crowds to riot.
- to cause agitation or excitement in: Reading fermented his active imagination.
- to be fermented; undergo fermentation.
- to seethe with agitation or excitement.
Origin of ferment
Examples from the Web for ferment
“Biofuel” can be made out of anything that will ferment or rot, including digestive system waste products.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
Ferment isn't imminent, but the conditions for it are ripe, said the group in a new report out this week.The Coming West Bank Instability
May 30, 2013
In this time of ferment, Suliman found some support from inside her family.Malina Suliman, Afghanistan’s Graffiti Queen
March 9, 2013
The juice bubbles and gives off heat as it begins to ferment.An Old-Fashioned Wine Harvest
October 18, 2010
I see him smiling and debonair at the minute when I am in a ferment.The Conquest of Fear
But the issue of Kniggrtz startled Napoleon and set France in ferment.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
It spread like wildfire, and in half an hour all the town was in a ferment.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
But am in such a ferment, that I cannot at present write to them.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Let it ferment for three days in a tub covered with a double blanket.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- any agent or substance, such as a bacterium, mould, yeast, or enzyme, that causes fermentation
- another word for fermentation
- commotion; unrest
- to undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
- to stir up or seethe with excitement
Word Origin and History for ferment
late 14c., from Old French fermenter (13c.) and directly from Latin fermentare "to leaven, ferment," from fermentum "substance causing fermentation, leaven," from root of fervere "to boil, seethe" (see brew). Figurative use from 1650s. Related: Fermented; fermenting.
early 15c., from Middle French ferment, from Latin fermentum (see ferment (v.)). Figurative sense of "anger, passion" is from 1670s.
- An agent, as a yeast, bacterium, mold, or enzyme, that causes fermentation.
- To cause or undergo fermentation.