leaven

  • 1 Leaven — Leav en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Leavened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Leavening}.] 1. To make light by the action of leaven; to cause to ferment. [1913 Webster] A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Cor. v. 6. [1913 Webster] 2. To imbue; to infect; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 leaven — ► NOUN 1) a substance, typically yeast, added to dough to make it ferment and rise. 2) an influence or quality that modifies or improves something: John s humour was the leaven of his charm. ► VERB 1) (usu. as adj. leavened) cause (dough or… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 Leaven — Leav en, n. [OE. levain, levein, F. levain, L. levamen alleviation, mitigation; but taken in the sense of, a raising, that which raises, fr. levare to raise. See {Lever}, n.] 1. Any substance that produces, or is designed to produce, fermentation …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 leaven — index determinant, imbue, penetrate, permeate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 leaven — *infuse, imbue, inoculate, ingrain, suffuse Analogous words: temper, qualify, *moderate: *inform, animate, inspire: pervade, *permeate, impregnate, saturate: vivify, enliven, *quicken …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 leaven — [lev′ən] n. [ME levein < OFr levain < VL * levamen (in L, alleviation) < L levare, to make light, relieve, raise: see LEVER] 1. a) a small piece of fermenting dough put aside to be used for producing fermentation in a fresh batch of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 leaven — {{11}}leaven (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. levain leaven, sourdough (12c.), from L. levamen alleviation, mitigation, but used in V.L. in its literal sense of a means of lifting, something that raises, from levare to raise (see LEVER (Cf. lever)).… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 leaven — Yeast, added to dough. In the Bible leaven had two incompatible significances: as fermented dough left over unbaked from a previous batch it was added to cause further fermentation. It could therefore be regarded either as a living substance… …

    Dictionary of the Bible

  • 9 leaven — I UK [ˈlev(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms leaven : present tense I/you/we/they leaven he/she/it leavens present participle leavening past tense leavened past participle leavened 1) literary to add something that makes a situation, story,… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 leaven — n. & v. n. 1 a substance added to dough to make it ferment and rise, esp. yeast, or fermenting dough reserved for the purpose. 2 a a pervasive transforming influence (cf. Matt. 13:33). b (foll. by of) a tinge or admixture of a specified quality.… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 11 leaven — I. noun Etymology: Middle English levain, from Anglo French levein, from Vulgar Latin *levamen, from Latin levare to raise more at lever Date: 14th century 1. a. a substance (as yeast) used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid; especially …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 leaven — /lev euhn/, n. 1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter. 2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough. 3. an element that produces an altering or… …

    Universalium

  • 13 Leaven —    1) Heb. seor (Ex. 12:15, 19; 13:7; Lev. 2:11), the remnant of dough from the preceding baking which had fermented and become acid.    2) Heb. hamets, properly ferment. In Num. 6:3, vinegar of wine is more correctly fermented wine. In Ex. 13:7 …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 14 leaven — leav|en1 [ˈlevən] n also leav|en|ing [ˈlevənıŋ] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: levain, from Vulgar Latin levamen, from Latin levare to raise ] 1.) [U] technical a substance, especially ↑yeast, that is added to a mixture of flour and… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 leaven — leav|en1 [ levn ] verb transitive 1. ) to add YEAST to a bread mixture so that it will contain air and will be bigger and lighter 2. ) LITERARY to add something that makes a situation, story, movie, etc. more interesting, funny, or exciting… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 leaven — [[t]le̱v(ə)n[/t]] leavens, leavening, leavened VERB If a situation or activity is leavened by something, it is made more interesting or cheerful. [be V ed by/with n] His mood of deep pessimism cannot have been leavened by his mode of transport a… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 leaven — [ lɛv(ə)n] noun 1》 a substance, typically yeast, added to dough to make it ferment and rise.     ↘dough reserved from an earlier batch in order to start a later one fermenting. 2》 a pervasive influence that modifies something or transforms it for …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 leaven — 1 also leav.en.ing noun 1 (U) a substance, especially yeast, that is added to a mixture of flour and water so that it will swell and can be baked into bread 2 (C, U) literary a small amount of a quality that makes an event or situation less… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 leaven — leav•en [[t]ˈlɛv ən[/t]] n. 1) coo a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter 2) coo fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough 3) an element that produces an …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 leaven — raugas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Mikroorganizmų kultūra, sukelianti angliavandenių turinčių medžiagų rūgimą. atitikmenys: angl. leaven rus. закваска …

    Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas


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