The yeast in this dough causes it to ferment.
- Ferment is defined as agitation and excitement.
When a group of protesters gradually becomes more and more angry about their cause, this is an example of ferment.
- The definition of ferment is to excite, or to have a chemical breakdown of a substance using bacteria, yeast or enzymes.
- When you cause a protesting crowd to get even madder then they already are, this is an example of when you ferment.
- When you use yeast to make bread dough rise, this is an example of when you ferment.
- a substance or organism causing fermentation, as yeast, bacteria, enzymes, etc.
- a state of excitement or agitation
Origin of fermentMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin fermentum, leaven, yeast from fervere, to boil, be agitated: see barm
- to cause fermentation in
- to excite; agitate
- to be in the process of fermentation
- to be excited or agitated; seethe
- a. An agent, such as an enzyme, bacterium, or fungus, that brings about fermentation.b. Fermentation.
- a. A state of agitation or of turbulent change or development.b. An agent that precipitates or is capable of precipitating such a state; a catalyst.
verbfer·ment·ed, fer·ment·ing, fer·ments
- To undergo fermentation: cabbage that has fermented.
- To develop in a turbulent or agitated way; seethe: an idea that was fermenting in his mind for months.
- To cause to undergo fermentation: Yeasts ferment sugars.
- To produce by or as if by fermentation: ferment the wine in oak barrels; hostility that was fermented by envy.
- To make turbulent; excite or agitate: a fiery speech that fermented the crowd.
Origin of fermentMiddle English from Old French from Latin fermentum ; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ferments, present participle fermenting, simple past and past participle fermented)