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Noun: ferment  'fur,ment
  1. A state of agitation or turbulent change or development
    "the political ferment produced new leadership";
    - agitation, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest
     
  2. A substance capable of bringing about fermentation
     
  3. A process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
    - zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting
Verb: ferment  'fur,ment
  1. Be in an agitated or excited state
    "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"
     
  2. Work up into agitation or excitement
    "Islam is fermenting Africa"
     
  3. Cause to undergo fermentation
    "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content";
    - work
     
  4. Go sour or spoil
    "The milk has fermented";
    - sour, turn, work

Derived forms: ferments, fermenting, fermented

Type of: boil, change state, chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, convert, fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, seethe, stir up, Sturm und Drang, substance, turbulence, turn, upheaval, wake

Encyclopedia: Ferment