barm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n barm a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barm bärm Foam rising upon beer, or other malt liquors, when fermenting, and used as leaven in making bread and in brewing; yeast.
    • n Barm The lap or bosom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barm The bosom; the lap.
    • n barm The scum or foam rising upon beer or other malt liquors when fermenting; yeast. It is used as leaven in bread to make it swell, causing it to become softer, lighter, and more delicate. It may be used in liquors to make them ferment or work. It is a fungus, Saccharomyces cerevisiæ. See yeast and fermentation.
    • n barm Same as berm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barm bärm froth of beer or other fermenting liquor, used as leaven: yeast
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. berme, AS. beorma,; akin to Sw. bärma, G. bärme, and prob. L. fermentum,. √93
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beorma; cog. with Dan. bärme, Ger. bärme.

Usage

In literature:

Suddenly one morning as she was looking down the alley of the Bottoms for the barm-man, she heard a voice calling her.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
In the South of England few persons now know what barm is.
"Society for Pure English, Tract 2, on English Homophones" by Robert Bridges
He confessed to me that in making of Sider, He put's in half as much Mustard as Barm; but never in Meathe.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
Ai used 'think Awkeyampton was a big town, but ai'm barmed if Lunnon dawn't beat un.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, November 17, 1920" by Various
The Pwka could hide himself in a jug of barm or in a ball of yarn, and when he left a place, it was for ever.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
Cicely superintended the baking, passing the barm through a sieve with a wisp of clean hay in it.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
Sometimes make the batter of cream, eggs, cloves, mace, nutmeg, saffron, barm, ale, and salt.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
Ye'll no put barm into a batch o' flour, and ha'e it lying idle.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Seek your sa' where you got your ail, and beg your barm where you buy your ale.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
This is the barm or froth which rises in beer, and other malt liquors, during a state of fermentation.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
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In poetry:

The reeds cling close, and my cradle sways,
And the white gull dips in the waters' barm,
And the heart asleep in the twilight haze
Feels not its earth-bonds, knows not alarm.
"Slack Tide" by Sophie Margaret Hensley

In news:

Rockies maintain wild-card lead behind Barmes' spectacular double play .
Astros 5, Phillies 2: Happ's pitching, Barmes' slugging stave off franchise loss record for another day.
Clint Barmes brings more name recognition, but Angel Sanchez is the hoped-for future for the 'stros at shortstop.
Clint Barmes is a baseball rat.
Barmes, Burke, Matsui: Oh, the wonders of prospects and hindsight .
Astros' GM Ed Wade chose Matsui a few years ago over Clint Barmes.
Hawpe, Giambi or Barmes could be put on DL or sent down.
The Rockies will be connected to second base rumors as long as Clint Barmes continues to struggle offensively.
It's easy to focus on Barmes, because second base is the Rockies' only glaring deficiency (I'm assuming that Seth Smith and Dexter Fowler will eventually start hitting again).
Five Astros — Clint Barmes, Michael Bourn, Jeff Keppinger, Hunter Pence and Wandy Rodriguez — filed for arbitration in a move that's largely just paperwork.
On Tuesday, Astros manager Brad Mills wrote shortstop Clint Barmes into the No.
Barmes hit in hand, scheduled for X-rays .
Clint Barmes is expected to be the team's starting shortstop.
Starting shortstop Clint Barmes will undergo X-rays tomorrow on his left hand after being hit by a pitch in Friday night's game.
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