ferment[fʉr′ment′; for v. fər ment′]
- 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.
The yeast in this dough causes it to 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
- Something, such as a yeast, bacterium, mold, or enzyme, that causes 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 produce by or as if by fermentation.
- To cause to undergo fermentation.
- To make turbulent; excite or agitate.
- To undergo fermentation.
- To be in an excited or agitated state; seethe.
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)