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