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Definition of the noun leaven

What does leaven mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: leavens

  1. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of leaven: leavening
    • more generic word: substance = a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
    • more specific terms:
      • baking powder = any of various powdered mixtures used in baking as a substitute for yeast
      • sourdough = a leaven of dough in which fermentation is active
      • yeast / barm = a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells
  2. an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something
    • example: his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of leaven: leavening
    • more generic word: imponderable = a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed

Alternative definition of the noun leaven


  1. Any agent used to make dough rise or to have a similar effect on baked goods.

Definition of the verb leaven

What does leaven mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: leavened | leavening | leavens

  1. cause to puff up with a leaven

Alternative definition of the verb leaven


  1. [transitive] To add a leavening agent.
  2. [transitive] To cause to rise by fermentation.
  3. [transitive, figuratively] To temper an action or decision.


"Leaven" is a book by Douglas Blackburn.

  • also known as "Leaven: a black and white story"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Leaven

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Google previewThe Homiletic Review (1899)

The Leaven is the Gospel. It affords the only hope of the world's salvation, (a) Law can not accomplish this. Punishment has no reformatory virtue. The average prisoner, when releast from the penitentiary, is a more hardened criminal than ...

Google previewProphecies in the Pentateuch. (2012)

by Alejandro Roque Glez

1- Leviticus 2:11: Leaven is a symbol of corruption, forgery and degeneration. This ritual pointed directly at— centuries later—the future Church of Jesus Christ; that is, a human congregation which accepts the Son of God as Lord and Savior ...

Google previewGrape Juice in the Bible: God's Blessing for His People!

by Richard Teachout

Since leaven is a critical component of fermentation, drinking alcoholic wine would violate the Jewish tradition and God's instructions for the Jews. Many Jews , in order to obey God's command, would press fresh grapes out into cups or pitchers ...

Google previewThe Ministry of the Word, Vol. 21, No. 2

Returning to the Orthodoxy of the Church by Various Authors

the Leaven Being the Equivalent of the Apostate Church, Which Has Married the World The great tree is the equivalent of the high tower, and the woman with the leaven is the equivalent of the apostate church, which has married the world.

Google previewChurch 3.0 (2010)

Upgrades for the Future of the Church by Neil Cole

Leaven is a catalyst when added to dough, causing it to rise (Luke 13:20–21). Only a small amount of the catalyst is needed because it maintains its own property and multiplies its influence. This chapter (and the next) focus on the catalytic ...

Google previewMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Leaven is the emblem of pride, malice, and hypocrisy, and honey of sensual pleasure. The former are directly opposed to the graces of humility, love, and sincerity, which God approves; the latter takes men from the exercises of devotion , and ...

Google previewMetaphysical Bible Dictionary (2012)

by Charles Fillmore

leaven. Metaphysical. The “leaven” of the Pharisees and of Herod (Mark 8:15) represents limited thoughts. When we attempt to confine the divine law to the customary avenues of expression, and scoff at anything beyond, we are letting the ...

Google previewThe Revealing Word - A Dictionary Of Metaphysical Terms (2012)

by Charles Fillmore

leavenThe leaven is the Truth. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, ...

Google previewThe American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (1916)

Čium leaven + \óyos speech]. The sum of knowledge regarding fermentation. zymolysis (zi-molis-is) (Gr. £ leaven + ...

Google previewVines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words Volume 2

by W.E Vine, Rev Terry Kulakowski, Editor

leaven, sour dough, in a high state of fermentation,” was used in general in making bread. It required time to fulfill the process. Hence, when food was required at short notice, unleavened cakes were used, e.g., Gen. 18:6; 19:3; Exod .

Google previewThe American illustrated medical dictionary. 1900 (1900)

[1st ed.]

(fa leaven + ,Uos form]. Any ferment that may be pathogenic. Zwetschen-wasaer (tswet-chen-vos'ser) [Ger. " plum-water "]. A cordial or liquor prepared- in Germany from prunes. Zygal (zi'gal) [Gr. <vydi. yoke] . Shaped like ...

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Leaven Meaning

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A little leaven leavens a great mass.
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1V4E1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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