1. [ noun ] a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
Synonyms: fermentation unrest agitation

: "the political ferment produced a new leadership" "social unrest"

Related terms: turbulence
2. [ noun ] (chemistry) a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
Synonyms: fermentation zymolysis fermenting zymosis
Related terms: chemical_process vinification bottom_fermentation top_fermentation sour
3. [ noun ] (biology) a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
Related terms: substance
4. [ verb ] go sour or spoil
Synonyms: turn sour work

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

Related terms: change_state zymosis fermentation souring
5. [ verb ] (food) cause to undergo fermentation
Synonyms: work

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

Related terms: convert vinify sour zymosis fermentation sour
6. [ verb ] work up into agitation or excitement

"Islam is fermenting Africa"

Related terms: inflame agitation
7. [ verb ] be in an agitated or excited state

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

Related terms: seethe agitation
8. [ noun ] (chemistry) a chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances
Synonyms: fermentation
Related terms: chemical_phenomenon
Similar spelling:   fermented