Ferment

Definition of Ferment

Fer`ment´
n.1.That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or fermenting beer.
2.Intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation.
Subdue and cool the ferment of desire.
- Rogers.
the nation is in a ferment.
- Walpole.
3.A gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a fluid; fermentation.
Down to the lowest lees the ferment ran.
- Thomson.
ferment oils
volatile oils produced by the fermentation of plants, and not originally contained in them. These were the quintessences of the alchemists.
- Ure.
v. t.1.To cause ferment or fermentation in; to set in motion; to excite internal emotion in; to heat.
[imp. & p. p. Fermented; p. pr. & vb. n. Fermenting.]
Ye vigorous swains! while youth ferments your blood.
- Pope.
v. i.1.To undergo fermentation; to be in motion, or to be excited into sensible internal motion, as the constituent particles of an animal or vegetable fluid; to work; to effervesce.
2.To be agitated or excited by violent emotions.
But finding no redress, ferment and rage.
- Milton.
The intellect of the age was a fermenting intellect.
- De Quincey.

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