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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun ferment:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb ferment:

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Definition of the noun ferment

What does ferment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ferments

  1. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
  2. a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: substance = a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
  3. a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol

Alternative definition of the noun ferment


  1. Something, such as a yeast that causes fermentation.
  2. A state of agitation or of turbulent change.
  3. A catalyst.

Definition of the verb ferment

What does ferment mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fermented | fermenting | ferments

  1. be in an agitated or excited state
    • examples: The Middle East is fermenting | Her mind ferments
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic words: boil / seethe = be in an agitated emotional state
  2. work up into agitation or excitement
  3. cause to undergo fermentation
    • example: We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of ferment: work
    • more generic word: convert = change the nature, purpose, or function of something
    • more specific word: vinify = convert a juice into wine by fermentation
    • cause: sour / turn / work
  4. go sour or spoil

Alternative definition of the verb ferment


  1. To react, using fermentation; especially to produce alcohol by allowing yeast to act on sugars; to brew.
  2. To stir up, agitate, cause unrest.


Ferment is a record label.


  1. "Ferment" is the first full-length album by the English alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, released in 1992 on Fontana Records. Four songs had previously appeared on independently released 12" EPs, and were re-recorded for inclusion on the album. The lead single, "Black Metallic," reached the top ten of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. In March 2010, the album was re-released, containing bonus tracks and extensive sleeve notes. The songs included on the 1992 extended play 30th Century Man were also included on the 2010 bonus track edition of Ferment.
  2. "Ferment" is a 1939 composition for bass-baritone and orchestra by the Turkish composer Ulvi Cemal Erkin.


"Ferment" is a book by John Thomas McIntyre.


"Ferment" is a 1999 short film directed by Tim MacMillan.

  • country: United Kingdom
  • released in (16 years ago)
  • award: - European Film Award for Best Short Film nomination for Tim MacMillan


Ferment is a Canadian religious current affairs television miniseries which aired on CBC Television in 1965.

  • begun on and completed on (49 years ago)
  • 4 episodes of 30 minutes each
  • country: Canada

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ferment

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Google previewScience and Technology in World History, Volume 4 (2016)

The Origin of Chemistry, the Principle of Progress, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution by David Deming

Ferment is the original beginning of things.”1232 It is “a power placed in the earth...

the ferment is a formal created being, which is neither a substance nor an accident, but a neutral thing framed from the beginning of the world in the places of ...

Google previewBehavior Modification and Special Education (1978)

Perspectives and Trends by Lee H. Swanson

such a ferment is that special education itself has often been shown to have precipitated and added to many of the problems of exceptional children, not only because of the labels which it uses but also because of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food Safety (2013)

min Ferment glucose þ e þ þ À þ þ Ferment fructose þ/À þ þ/À À þ ...

Google previewDictionary of Alchemy (2004)

From Maria Prophetessa to Isaac Newton by Mark Haeffner

The ferment helps in preparing the elixir or 'medicine of metals', which then tinctures or colours the metals. A ferment of gold or sulphur is vital to produce the red elixir, while silver or mercury is vital for the white elixir. Sometimes the red elixir is ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health (2003)

by Robert A. Ronzio

Alcoholic Fermentation Under anaerobic conditions, specific strains of yeast ferment sugar (GLUCOSE) to alcohol in the preparation of alcoholic beverages. In WINE making, yeast ferments the sugar in GRAPE juices. Alcohol can be prepared ...

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Ferment Meaning

Video shows what ferment means. To react, using fermentation; especially to produce alcohol by aging or by allowing yeast to act on sugars; to brew.. To stir up ...

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Quotes about Ferment

The gastric laboratory uses its protein ferment under an acid reaction. (Ivan Pavlov)
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Scrabble value of F4E1R1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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