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 for ferment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ferment \Fer"ment\, n. [L. fermentum ferment (in senses 1 & 2),
     perh. for fervimentum, fr. fervere to be boiling hot, boil,
     ferment: cf. F. ferment. Cf. 1st Barm, Fervent.]
     1. That which causes fermentation, as yeast, barm, or
        fermenting beer.
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     Note: Ferments are of two kinds: ({a) Formed or organized
           ferments. ({b) Unorganized or structureless ferments.
           The latter are now called enzymes and were formerly
           called soluble ferments or chemical ferments.
           Ferments of the first class are as a rule simple
           microscopic vegetable organisms, and the fermentations
           which they engender are due to their growth and
           development; as, the acetic ferment, the butyric
           ferment, etc. See Fermentation. Ferments of the
           second class, on the other hand, are chemical
           substances; as a rule they are proteins soluble in
           glycerin and precipitated by alcohol. In action they
           are catalytic and, mainly, hydrolytic. Good examples
           are pepsin of the dastric juice, ptyalin of the salvia,
           and disease of malt. Before 1960 the term "ferment" to
           mean "enzyme" fell out of use. Enzymes are now known to
           be globular proteins, capable of catalyzing a wide
           variety of chemical reactions, not merely hydrolytic.
           The full set of enzymes causing production of ethyl
           alcohol from sugar has been identified and individually
           purified and studied. See enzyme.
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     2. Intestine motion; heat; tumult; agitation.
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              Subdue and cool the ferment of desire. --Rogers.
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              the nation is in a ferment.           --Walpole.
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     3. A gentle internal motion of the constituent parts of a
        fluid; fermentation. [R.]
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              Down to the lowest lees the ferment ran. --Thomson.
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     ferment oils, volatile oils produced by the fermentation of
        plants, and not originally contained in them. These were
        the quintessences of the alchemists. --Ure.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ferment \Fer*ment"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fermented; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Fermenting.] [L. fermentare, fermentatum: cf. F.
     fermenter. See Ferment, n.]
     To cause ferment or fermentation in; to set in motion; to
     excite internal emotion in; to heat.
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           Ye vigorous swains! while youth ferments your blood.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ferment \Fer*ment"\, 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
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     2. To be agitated or excited by violent emotions.
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              But finding no redress, ferment and rage. --Milton.
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              The intellect of the age was a fermenting intellect.
                                                    --De Quincey.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of agitation or turbulent change or development;
           "the political ferment produced new leadership"; "social
           unrest" [syn: agitation, ferment, fermentation,
           tempestuousness, unrest]
      2: a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
      3: a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to
         break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic
         breakdown of sugar into alcohol [syn: zymosis, zymolysis,
         fermentation, fermenting, ferment]
      v 1: be in an agitated or excited state; "The Middle East is
           fermenting"; "Her mind ferments"
      2: work up into agitation or excitement; "Islam is fermenting
      3: 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" [syn: ferment, work]
      4: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked";
         "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn: sour,
         turn, ferment, work]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  281 Moby Thesaurus words for "ferment":
     acetification, acetify, acidification, acidify, acidulate,
     acidulation, ado, agent, agitate, agitation, ailment, alkalify,
     alkalization, alkalize, alterant, alterative, alterer, arouse,
     bacteria, beat, beat up, blow the coals, blubber, bluster, bobbery,
     boil, boil over, boiling, borate, bother, botheration, brawl, brew,
     broil, brouhaha, bubble, bubble over, bubble up, bubbliness,
     bubbling, burble, burst, bustle, buttermilk, cacophony,
     carbon dioxide, carbonate, carbonation, catalysis, catalyst,
     catalytic agent, catalyze, chaos, chemical, chemicalization,
     chlorinate, churn, churn up, clamor, commotion, conturbation,
     convulse, convulsion, disarrange, discompose, discomposure,
     disorder, disquiet, disquietude, disturb, disturbance, dudgeon,
     ebullience, ebulliency, ebullition, eddy, effervesce,
     effervescence, effervescency, electrolysis, electrolyze,
     embroilment, enzyme, excite, excitement, fan, fan the flame,
     fanaticism, feed the fire, feery-fary, fermentation, fever,
     feverishness, fidgetiness, fidgets, fire, fit, fizz, fizzle, flap,
     flurry, fluster, flutter, flutteration, flutteriness, foam,
     foaming, foment, fomentation, foofaraw, frenzy, fret, froth,
     frothiness, frothing, fume, furor, furore, fury, fuss, fussiness,
     guggle, gurgle, heat, heat up, high dudgeon, hiss, homopolymerize,
     hubbub, huff, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, hurry, hurry-scurry,
     hydrate, hydrogenate, hydrogenation, hydroxylate, impassion,
     incense, incite, inflame, innovationist, innovator, inquietude,
     instigate, introducer, isomerism, isomerize, jitters, jumpiness,
     leaven, leavening, maelstrom, malaise, metamerism, metamerization,
     miff, modificator, modifier, moil, mother, nerviness, nervosity,
     nervousness, nettle, nitrate, nitration, outcry, oxidation,
     oxidization, oxidize, paddle, pandemonium, passion, pell-mell,
     pepsin, pepsinate, peroxidize, perturb, perturbate, perturbation,
     pet, phosphatization, phosphatize, pique, plop, polymerism,
     polymerization, polymerize, position isomerism, pother, precursor,
     provoke, put up to, racket, rage, raise, rally, reduce, reduction,
     restiveness, restlessness, rile, ripple, rise, roil, roughen,
     rouse, rout, row, ruckus, ruffle, rumple, rumpus, saturization,
     scramble, seethe, seething, set on, shake, shake up, sic on,
     simmer, smolder, soda, sour, sparkle, spasm, spumescence, spurt,
     stew, stir, stir the embers, stir up, storminess, sulfate,
     sulfatize, sulfonate, sweat, swirl, swirling, tempestuousness,
     tickle, tiff, to-do, transformer, transmogrifier, trepidation,
     trepidity, trouble, tumult, tumultuation, tumultuousness,
     turbidity, turbulence, turmoil, turn sour, twitter, unease,
     unquiet, unrest, upheaval, uproar, upset, upturn, vinegar, vortex,
     whet, whip, whip up, whirl, whisk, wildness, work, work up,
     working, yeast, yeastiness, zeal, zealousness

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