Saturday, August 3, 2013

I love words

fer·ment   (fûrmnt)
1. Something, such as a yeast, bacterium, mold, or enzyme, that causes fermentation.
2. Fermentation.
a. A state of agitation or of turbulent change or development.
b. An agent that precipitates or is capable of precipitating such a state; a catalyst.
v. (fr-mnt) fer·ment·edfer·ment·ingfer·ments
1. To produce by or as if by fermentation.
2. To cause to undergo fermentation.
3. To make turbulent; excite or agitate.
1. To undergo fermentation.
2. To be in an excited or agitated state; seethe.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fermentum; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

fer·menta·bili·ty n.
fer·menta·ble adj.

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