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ferment

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1  —as in:
ferment grapes
Definition chemically change by a living agent — such as when yeast or bacteria changes sugar to alcohol when making wine
  • We ferment the grapes longer to achieve higher alcohol content.
ferment = chemically change by use of a living agent (in this case, using yeast or bacteria to change the sugar in grapes into the alcohol in wine)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Islam is fermenting Africa
  • Her mind ferments
  • When they had harvested a sizable heap they carried it down in two trips to the stream, where every woman had a shallow well for fermenting her cassava.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • fermenting = chemically changing by a living agent
  • Me: "It does not taste like God Himself cooked heaven into a series of five dishes which were then served to you accompanied by several luminous balls of fermented, bubbly plasma while actual and literal flower petals floated down all around your canal-side dinner table."
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • fermented = chemically changed by a living agent (in this case, to add carbonation/bubbles)
  • How is cider different from apple juice? What is fermenting?
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • fermenting = chemically changing by a living agent
  • Some is fermented to become ethanol.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • fermented = chemically changed by a living agent
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Decaying vegetation may occasionally smoulder with the heat of its fermentation, but this rarely results in flame.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Philosophical fermentation replied to democratic fermentation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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2  —as in:
political party in ferment
Definition causing or stirring up excited disagreement — often leading to violence or change

or more rarely:  a state of excited disagreement
  • The political ferment produced new leadership.
ferment = causing or stirring up excited disagreement — often leading to violence or change

or more rarely:  a state of excited disagreement
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • His frustration begins to ferment into anger.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • ferment = develop
  • London was in a ferment.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
  • In 1789 a ferment arises in Paris; it grows, spreads, and is expressed by a movement of peoples from west to east.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • There was nothing notable in the event which thus set the bells and the bourgeois of Paris in a ferment from early morning.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • What he could do, - they could do; but within him he felt a confused ferment working that told him there was more in him than he had done.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • Yet this spiritual ferment was not sufficiently strong wholly to undo me.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Poor Folk
  • Jesse Bentley went along under the trees with his head bowed and with his mind in a ferment.
    Anderson, Sherwood  --  Winesberg, Ohio
  • Rumours of London all in a ferment over a General Election had reached them even out here.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • He left Glasgow in a ferment.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon

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Less commonly:
More rarely, fermentation can reference anything developing in a complex environment.
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