- [noun] a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced a new leadership"; "social unrest"
Synonyms: agitation, ation, unrest
- [noun] a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
- [noun] a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
Synonyms: zymosis, zymolysis, ation, ing
- [noun] a chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances
- [verb] be in an agitated or excited state; "The Middle East is fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"
- [verb] work up into agitation or excitement; "Islam is fermenting Africa"
- [verb] cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
- [verb] go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned
Synonyms: sour, turn, work