a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something
"his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor"
raise, leaven, prove(verb)
cause to puff up with a leaven
Any agent used to make dough rise or to have a similar effect on baked goods.
To add a leavening agent.
To cause to rise by fermentation.
To temper an action or decision.
any substance that produces, or is designed to produce, fermentation, as in dough or liquids; esp., a portion of fermenting dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough, produces a general change in the mass, and renders it light; yeast; barm
anything which makes a general assimilating (especially a corrupting) change in the mass
to make light by the action of leaven; to cause to ferment
to imbue; to infect; to vitiate
Origin: [OE. levain, levein, F. levain, L. levamen alleviation, mitigation; but taken in the sense of, a raising, that which raises, fr. levare to raise. See Lever, n.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lev′n, n. the ferment which makes dough rise in a spongy form: anything that makes a general change, whether good or bad.—v.t. to raise with leaven: to taint.—n. Leav′ening.—adj. Leav′enous, containing leaven. [Fr. levain—L. levamen—levāre, to raise—levis, light.]
The numerical value of leaven in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of leaven in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.
There are three things which, in great quantity, are bad, and, in little, very good: leaven, salt, and liberality.
Whether wealth bring the curse of selfishness along with it, or that the leaven was in our nature, only dormant till called forth by circumstances, we are only too apt to misuse it, even as others have done before us.
So long as faith with freedom reigns And loyal hope survives, And gracious charity remains To leaven lowly lives; While there is one untrodden tract For intellect or will, And men are free to think and act, Life is worth living still.
Images & Illustrations of leaven
Translations for leaven
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- llevatCatalan, Valencian
- квасъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Treibmittel, TriebmittelGerman
- leudar, levadura, polvos de hornearSpanish
- nostatusaine, nostattaa, kohottaaFinnish
- levain, ferment, faire lever, faire fermenterFrench
- パン種, 膨張剤Japanese
- hevingsmiddel, heveNorwegian
- zakwas, zaczynPolish
- levedura, fermentoPortuguese
- закваска, разрыхлительRussian
Get even more translations for leaven »
Find a translation for the leaven definition in other languages:
Select another language: