What does ferment mean?

Definitions for ferment
ˈfɜr mɛnt; fərˈmɛntfer·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agitation, ferment, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest(noun)

    a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

    "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social unrest"

  2. ferment(noun)

    a substance capable of bringing about fermentation

  3. zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting, ferment(verb)

    a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol

  4. ferment(verb)

    be in an agitated or excited state

    "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"

  5. ferment(verb)

    work up into agitation or excitement

    "Islam is fermenting Africa"

  6. ferment, work(verb)

    cause to undergo fermentation

    "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"

  7. sour, turn, ferment, work(verb)

    go sour or spoil

    "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"


  1. ferment(Noun)

    Something, such as a yeast that causes fermentation.

  2. ferment(Noun)

    A state of agitation or of turbulent change.

  3. ferment(Noun)

    A catalyst.

  4. ferment(Verb)

    To react, using fermentation; especially to produce alcohol by aging or by allowing yeast to act on sugars; to brew.

  5. ferment(Verb)

    To stir up, agitate, cause unrest.

  6. Origin: From fermentare, from fermentum, from fervere. Confer French ferment, see also fervent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ferment(noun)

    that which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer

  2. Ferment(noun)

    intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation

  3. Ferment(noun)

    a gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid; fermentation

  4. Ferment(noun)

    to cause ferment of fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat

  5. Ferment(verb)

    to undergo fermentation; to be in motion, or to be excited into sensible internal motion, as the constituent oarticles of an animal or vegetable fluid; to work; to effervesce

  6. Ferment(verb)

    to be agitated or excited by violent emotions

  7. Origin: [L. fermentum ferment (in senses 1 & 2), perh. for fervimentum, fr. fervere to be boiling hot, boil, ferment: cf. F. ferment. Cf. 1st Barm, Fervent.]


  1. Ferment

    Ferment is the first full-length album by the English alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, released in 1992. Four songs had previously appeared on independently released 12" EPs, and were re-recorded for inclusion on the album. The lead single, "Black Metallic," reached the top ten of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. In March 2010, the album was re-released, containing bonus tracks and extensive sleeve notes. The songs included on the 1992 extended play 30th Century Man were also included on the 2010 bonus track edition of Ferment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ferment

    fėr′ment, n. what excites fermentation, as yeast, leaven: internal motion amongst the parts of a fluid: agitation: tumult.—v.t. Ferment′, to excite fermentation: to inflame.—v.i. to rise and swell by the action of fermentation: to work, used of wine, &c.: to be in excited action: to be stirred with anger.—n. Fermentabil′ity.—adj. Ferment′able, capable of fermentation.—n. Fermentā′tion, the act or process of fermenting: the change which takes place in liquids exposed to air: the kind of spontaneous decomposition which produces alcohol: restless action of the mind or feelings.—adj. Ferment′ative, causing or consisting in fermentation.—n. Ferment′ativeness.—adj. Fermentes′cible, capable of being fermented. [Fr.,—L. fermentum, for fervimentumfervēre, to boil.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferment in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ferment in a Sentence

  1. John Keats:

    The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted thence proceeds mawkishness.

  2. John Keats:

    The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.

  3. Rolling Stone:

    There was no bigger album of 2014 -- in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy, bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. put their lives on the line: giving away 11 songs of guitar rapture and frank, emotional tales of how they became a band out of the rough streets and spiritual ferment of Seventies Dublin.

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  • фермент, кипене, мая, кипя, ферментация, ферментирамBulgarian
  • fermentCatalan, Valencian
  • kvasitCzech
  • eplesuWelsh
  • gære, fermentereDanish
  • anstacheln, stören, Gärmittel, gärenGerman
  • αναβράζω, ζυμώνωGreek
  • fermentarSpanish
  • käyttää, käymistila, kuohunta, nostattaa, käyminen, fermentti, hämmentää, panna käymään, kuohuttaa, lietsoa, katalyyttiFinnish
  • coipIrish
  • erjesztHungarian
  • gerjaIcelandic
  • fermentareItalian
  • raudzēt, rudzināt, rūgtLatvian
  • māhīMāori
  • фермент, се кваси, превирање, врие, маја, ферментираMacedonian
  • gisten, gist, stokenDutch
  • fermentarPortuguese
  • dospi, enzimă, ferment, fermentaRomanian
  • ферментировать, волнение, возбуждать, ферме́нт, квасить, бродить, возбуждение, волноватьRussian
  • jäsningsämne, fermentera, jäsa, jäsämneSwedish
  • färmäntönVolapük

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