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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
  • 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.)
  • I guess the difference is that dampness comes down but dankness rises up out of rot and fermentation.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • (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.)
  • You see, in spring, when the dandelions begin to bloom again, the wine goes through a fermentation.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
(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)
  • 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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