- 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 fermentable
Historical Examples of fermentable
The organism eats, if one may say so, one part of the fermentable matter.
The last is used to convert starch into maltose, the first is used to convert maltose into fermentable sugar.
From this liquid he could pass to a second or third fermentable liquid composed in the same manner, and so on in succession.
There is a remarkable difference, however, between their fermentable properties.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
The technical name for the fermentable infusion of malted grain.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- 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 for ferment
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.