- 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 fermented
That means that Champagne is fermented a second time in the bottle when sealed closed, which naturally produces the bubbles.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
The malted barley, yeast, and water are cooked, fermented, and distilled exactly the same.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
Some of the most popular include Kriek (fermented with sour cherries), Framboise (raspberries), and Pêche (peaches).Wine Snobs, There’s a Beer for You
April 5, 2014
Their partnership was fermented in the most unlikely of places.New Site RYOT Combines Breaking News With Activism
July 25, 2013
That sugar juice is then fermented in a process nearly identical to that used to make rum.How Wall Street Will Ruin the Environment
June 26, 2009
The Aztecs, and the Toltecs before them, had the fermented juice of the maguey plant.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
This method produces what is known as the "fermented cocoa."Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
I think so quite apart from the question about fermented liquor.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
The original North American knew no fermented or spirituous drink.The Indian Today
Charles A. Eastman
The methglin is a fermented liquor, of some potency, made from honey.
- 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 fermented
early 15c., from Middle French ferment, from Latin fermentum (see ferment (v.)). Figurative sense of "anger, passion" is from 1670s.
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.
- An agent, as a yeast, bacterium, mold, or enzyme, that causes fermentation.
- To cause or undergo fermentation.