noun, plural: ferments

That which causes fermentation, and may either be organized (or formed) ferment or unorganized (or structureless) ferment.


(1) To cause fermentation; to brew; to produce alcohol by allowing ferments to act on sugars in a mixture.

(2) To set in motion; to excite or agitate.


Ferments (noun) are of two kinds:

Word origin: Latin, fermentare, fermentatum: cf. F. fermenter.

Related forms: fermentable (adjective), ferments (verb: simple present), fermenting (verb: present participle), fermented (verb: simple past and past participle).
Related terms: organized ferment, unorganized ferment.

See also: fermentation.

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