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[noun fur-ment; verb fer-ment] /noun ˈfɜr mɛnt; verb fərˈmɛnt/
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to be fermented; undergo fermentation.
to seethe with agitation or excitement.
Origin of ferment
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin fermentum yeast (noun), fermentāre to cause to rise (v.); akin to barm, Latin fervēre to boil
Related forms
fermentable, adjective
fermentability, noun
nonfermentability, noun
nonfermentable, adjective
nonfermented, adjective
nonfermenting, adjective
unfermentable, adjective
unfermented, adjective
unfermenting, adjective
well-fermented, adjective
Can be confused
ferment, foment. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unfermented
Historical Examples
  • The unfermented wine of another spring day came to his eager nostrils.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The juice of the maguey, in its unfermented state, is called honey-water.

    Mexico and its Religion Robert A. Wilson
  • Wine there was, rich and unfermented; but the curse of alcohol existed not.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • "Must" is unfermented wine, which His Excellency the Count much appreciated.

  • It is unfermented and sun-dried, but has not at all a bad flavour and is sometimes used by European pipe smokers.

    British Borneo

    W. H. Treacher
  • Pour gelatine flavored with unfermented grape juice into egg shells and set them upon the ice.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • If these are not liked use syrup from pickles or pears or unfermented grape juice.

  • Fragments of unfermented bread were discovered in the Swiss lake-dwellings, which belong to the Neolithic age.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • But unfermented grape juice is easier to make than jelly and as it needs no sugar your investment is small.

  • In the pure, unadulterated, unfermented juice of the grape we have a palatable, nourishing food and a refreshing drink in one.

British Dictionary definitions for unfermented


noun (ˈfɜːmɛnt)
any agent or substance, such as a bacterium, mould, yeast, or enzyme, that causes fermentation
another word for fermentation
commotion; unrest
verb (fəˈmɛnt)
to undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
to stir up or seethe with excitement
Derived Forms
fermentable, adjective
fermentability, noun
fermenter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fermentum yeast, from fervēre to seethe
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Word Origin and History for unfermented



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.

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unfermented in Medicine

ferment fer·ment (fûr'měnt')

  1. An agent, as a yeast, a bacterium, a mold, or an enzyme, that causes fermentation.

  2. Fermentation.

v. fer·ment·ed, fer·ment·ing, fer·ments (fər-měnt')
To cause or undergo fermentation.
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