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ferment

noun (n)

  • a state of agitation or turbulent change or development (noun.state)
    Example:
    The political ferment produced new leadership.
    source: wordnet30
  • a substance capable of bringing about fermentation (noun.substance)
    source: wordnet30
  • a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol (noun.process)
    source: wordnet30
  • That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • be in an agitated or excited state (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    The Middle East is fermenting.
    Her mind ferments.
    source: wordnet30
  • work up into agitation or excitement (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    Islam is fermenting Africa.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to undergo fermentation (verb.change)
    Synonym: work
    Example:
    We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content.
    source: wordnet30
  • go sour or spoil (verb.change)
    Synonym: sour, turn, work
    source: wordnet30
  • To cause ferment of fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To undergo fermentation; to be in motion, or to be excited into sensible internal motion, as the constituent particles of an animal or vegetable fluid; to work; to effervesce. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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