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fermentation

  

      n   a chemical reaction in which a ferment causes an organic molecule to split into simpler substances, esp. the anaerobic conversion of sugar to ethyl alcohol by yeast,   (Also called)    ferment             Related adj       zymotic  
  fermentative      adj  
  fermentatively      adv  
  fermentativeness      n  


ferment  
      n  
1    any agent or substance, such as a bacterium, mould, yeast, or enzyme, that causes fermentation  
2       another word for       fermentation  
3    commotion; unrest  
      vb  
4    to undergo or cause to undergo fermentation  
5    to stir up or seethe with excitement  
     (C15: from Latin fermentum yeast, from fervere to seethe)  
  fermentable      adj  
  fermentability      n  
  fermenter      n  
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ferment  
      n  
1    any agent or substance, such as a bacterium, mould, yeast, or enzyme, that causes fermentation  
2       another word for       fermentation  
3    commotion; unrest  
      vb  
4    to undergo or cause to undergo fermentation  
5    to stir up or seethe with excitement  
     (C15: from Latin fermentum yeast, from fervere to seethe)  
  fermentable      adj  
  fermentability      n  
  fermenter      n  
See at foment  

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ferment

  

      vb  
1    boil, brew, bubble, concoct, effervesce, foam, froth, heat, leaven, rise, seethe, work  
      n  
2    bacteria, barm, fermentation agent, leaven, leavening, mother, mother-of-vinegar, yeast  
      vb  
3      (figurative)   agitate, boil, excite, fester, foment, heat, incite, inflame, provoke, rouse, seethe, smoulder, stir up  
      n  
4      (figurative)   agitation, brouhaha, commotion, disruption, excitement, fever, frenzy, furore, glow, heat, hubbub, imbroglio, state of unrest, stew, stir, tumult, turbulence, turmoil, unrest, uproar  
  
Antonyms     
,       n   calmness, hush, peacefulness, quiet, restfulness, stillness, tranquillity  

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n.
ferment
exp.
1 (referring to taste) ferment, acidify; 2. (fig.) deteriorate, fall apart
1. The milk turned sour. 2. The relation between them turned sour.

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