Pronunciation: /fərˈment /
- 1 [no object] (Of a substance) undergo fermentation: the drink had fermented, turning some of the juice into alcoholMore example sentences
- Without lactase, milk and other lactose-rich foods ferment in the intestine, releasing excessive gas.
- Next, the juice is placed in stainless steel tanks or oak barrels where the wine will ferment following the addition of yeast.
- When milk ferments, naturally or aided by chemicals in the dairy, the milk changes into a solid fraction and a watery fraction (whey).
- 1.1 [with object] Cause the fermentation of (a substance).More example sentences
- People in ancient China, India and the Mediterranean region employed biochemistry for making bread with yeast, fermenting beer and wine, and treating diseases with plant and animal extracts.
- The starch stored in natural plant sugars is harvested and then the sugar is fermented into lactic acid.
- In this case, the beer is fully fermented, then filtered to remove the yeast, then carbonated and stored in a tightly sealed keg, ready for immediate drinking.
- 2 [with object] Incite or stir up (trouble or disorder): the politicians and warlords who are fermenting this chaosMore example sentences
- I would not want anything to be said in relation to that that would ferment any problems.
- The problem is, that we can't ferment the democratic revolution ourselves, because most of the democratizers seem to be saying to us, keep your distance.
- ‘The principal and his henchmen blamed us for fermenting trouble and putting dangerous ideas in the heads of young people,’ he says.
- 2.1 [no object] (Of a negative feeling or memory) fester and develop into something worse: it had been fermenting in my subconscious for a whileMore example sentences
- She recognises that if she doesn't get out now, those emotions could ferment into something darker.
- Separation is painful, and anger and resentment often ferment during the legal proceedings.
- I dare say that, during some of the time I've spent staring into space this week, these ideas have in fact been developing and fermenting in my mind like hops in a big yeasty vat.
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- 1Agitation and excitement among a group of people, typically concerning major change and leading to trouble or violence: Germany at this time was in a state of religious fermentMore example sentences
- That suggests greater ferment - and more excitement - in Singapore's arts scene.
- Hollenstein's education also went on outside the studio classroom, for Munich was a major site of artistic ferment in the first decade of the twentieth century.
- There is still the sense of scientific, political and religious ferment, although Pears is a much more literary writer.
- 2 • archaic A fermenting agent or enzyme.More example sentences
- They have a slightly gamy flavour, due to the enzymes or ferments from the gut.
- In my opinion, the albuminous materials were never the ferments, but the nutrients of the ferment.
- The recent literature on ferments seemed to indicate that enzymes were a more likely candidate.
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- In France, for example, winemakers for centuries have used a process known as chaptalization, which is the addition of fermentable materials - including cane sugar!
- Corn is the most readily apparent upon tasting - it is used by brewers to add fermentable sugar cheaply, since corn is significantly less expensive and requires less processing than barley.
- But vodka can be made from anything that has fermentable sugars - and grapes are among the popular alternatives.
late Middle English: from Old French ferment (noun), fermenter (verb), based on Latin fermentum 'yeast', from fervere 'to boil'.