- 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 unfermented
Historical Examples of unfermented
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
- 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.