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ferment -- as in: ferment grapes
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as in: ferment grapes Define
chemically change by a living agent -- much as yeast or bacteria changes sugar to alcohol when making wine
  • We ferment the grapes longer to achieve higher alcohol content.
  • Islam is fermenting Africa
  • Her mind ferments
  • How is cider different from apple juice? What is fermenting?
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven

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  • Some is fermented to become ethanol.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • …of his congregation with his eye and fatly arguing his points with that particular person, who is understood to be expected to be moved to an occasional grunt, groan, gasp, or other audible expression of inward working, which expression of inward working, being echoed by some elderly lady in the next pew and so communicated like a game of forfeits through a circle of the more fermentable sinners present, serves the purpose of parliamentary cheering and gets Mr. Chadband’s steam up.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It says that alcohol is a colorless volatile liquid formed by the fermentation of sugars and also notes its intoxicating effect on certain carbon-based life forms.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Decaying vegetation may occasionally smoulder with the heat of its fermentation, but this rarely results in flame.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Philosophical fermentation replied to democratic fermentation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I guess the difference is that dampness comes down but dankness rises up out of rot and fermentation.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • ’Try it first yourself,’ said I; Fritz did so, and I instantly saw by his countenance that the liquor had passed through the first stage of fermentation and had become vinegar.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • It was the smell of human fermentation, which he had perceived in his oldest lovers and they had detected in him.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He stayed there longer than was necessary, crouched over the dense fermentation that was coming out of the wooden box until habit told him that it was time to start work again.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • …several hours in the midst of this motley crowd, looking in at the windows of the rich and curious shops, the jewellery establishments glittering with quaint Japanese ornaments, the restaurants decked with streamers and banners, the tea-houses, where the odorous beverage was being drunk with saki, a liquor concocted from the fermentation of rice, and the comfortable smoking-houses, where they were puffing, not opium, which is almost unknown in Japan, but a very fine, stringy tobacco.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Now when things are in so great a fermentation, and so many gallant men are joining counsels how to carry on the war, if so mean a man as I should stand up and wish them to change all their counsels—to let Italy alone and stay at home, since the kingdom of France was indeed greater than could be well governed by one man; that therefore he ought not to think of adding others to it; and if, after this, I should propose to them the resolutions of the Achorians, a people that lie on the…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Long is the calm brain active in creation; Time, only, strengthens the fine fermentation.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • You see, in spring, when the dandelions begin to bloom again, the wine goes through a fermentation.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Complex flavors are being made through fermentation, enzyme reactions, fungal cultures, and tissue cultures.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Then came about the action of natural chemistry; in the depths of the ocean the vegetable mass at first became turf, then, thanks to the influence of gases and subterranean fermentation, they underwent the complete process of mineralization.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • And, in fact, the composition of the manure, the fermentation of liquids, the analyses of gases, and the influence of miasmata, what, I ask you, is all this, if it isn’t chemistry, pure and simple?"
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • …Seared pokettes,<5> saltpetre, and vitriol; And divers fires made of wood and coal; Sal-tartar, alkali, salt preparate, And combust matters, and coagulate; Clay made with horse and manne’s hair, and oil Of tartar, alum, glass, barm, wort, argoil,* *potter’s clay<6> Rosalgar,* and other matters imbibing; *flowers of antimony And eke of our matters encorporing,* *incorporating And of our silver citrination, <7> Our cementing, and fermentation, Our ingots,* tests, and many thinges mo’.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • (That’s why these animals are called ruminants.) The rumen is like a twenty-five-gallon fermentation tank.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Their putrescence is evident, their stagnation is unhealthy, their fermentation infects people with fever, and etiolates them; their multiplication becomes a plague of Egypt.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Philosophical fermentation replied to democratic fermentation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The fermentation entered the boiling state.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • All this fermentation was public, one might almost say tranquil.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The development of new fermentation techniques, as well as new techniques for heating mixtures of sugar and amino acids, have led to the creation of much more realistic meat flavors.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Columns were thrown into the streets where there was fermentation, sweeping the large, sounding the small, right and left, now slowly and cautiously, now at full charge.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Marius, however, having rallied his ideas to some extent, did not consider himself beaten; there lingered in him a trace of inward fermentation which was on the point, no doubt, of translating itself into syllogisms arrayed against Enjolras, when all of a sudden, they heard some one singing on the stairs as he went.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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as in: ferment grapes Define
chemically change by a living agent -- much as yeast or bacteria changes sugar to alcohol when making wine
as in: political party in ferment Define
causing or stirring up excited disagreement -- often leading to violence or change or more rarely: a state of excited disagreement
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