1. [ 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: zymolysis fermenting ferment zymosis
Related terms: chemical_process vinification bottom_fermentation top_fermentation sour ferment
2. [ noun ] a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
Synonyms: ferment unrest agitation

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

Related terms: turbulence ferment
3. [ noun ] (chemistry) a chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances
Synonyms: ferment
Related terms: chemical_phenomenon ferment
Similar spelling:   fermenting