Leavening
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 vitiate. [1913 Webster]

With these and the like deceivable doctrines, he leavens also his prayer. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • leavening — [lev′ niŋ] n. 1. a substance used to make baked goods rise by the formation of gas, esp. carbon dioxide, in the batter or dough, as baking powder, yeast, etc.: also leavening agent 2. any influence spreading through something and working on it to …   English World dictionary

  • Leavening — Leav en*ing, n. 1. The act of making light, or causing to ferment, by means of leaven. [1913 Webster] 2. That which leavens or makes light. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leavening — noun 1. an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something (Freq. 1) his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor • Syn: ↑leaven • Hypernyms: ↑imponderable 2. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid …   Useful english dictionary

  • leavening — noun Date: circa 1626 a leavening agent ; leaven …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • leavening — /lev euh ning/, n. 1. Also called leavening agent. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or batter; leaven. 2. the act or process of causing to ferment by leaven. 3. leaven (def. 3). [1600 10; LEAVEN + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • leavening — 1. adjective made light by aeration 2. noun a leavening agent See Also: leaven, unleavened …   Wiktionary

  • leavening — leav·en·ing || levnɪŋ n. substance (such as yeast) which causes a batter or dough to ferment and rise, leaven; something that causes gradual change, something which alters or transforms leav·en || levn n. substance (such as yeast) which… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • leavening — rauginimas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Maisto produktų gaminimas su tam tikru raugu. atitikmenys: angl. leavening rus. квашение …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • leavening — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An agent that stimulates or precipitates a reaction, development, or change: catalyst, ferment, leaven, yeast. See CHANGE …   English dictionary for students

  • leavening — See: leaven II …   English dictionary

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