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Noun fermentation has 3 senses
  1. zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting, ferment - a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
    --1 is a kind of chemical process, chemical change, chemical action
    --1 has particulars: bottom fermentation; top fermentation; vinification
    Derived forms: verb ferment3, verb ferment4
  2. agitation, ferment, fermentation, unrest - a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; "the political ferment produced a new leadership"; "social unrest"
    --2 is a kind of turbulence, upheaval, Sturm und Drang
    Derived forms: verb ferment1, verb ferment2
  3. fermentation, ferment - a chemical phenomenon in which an organic molecule splits into simpler substances
    --3 is a kind of chemical phenomenon
    Derived form: verb ferment3
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