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Meaning of LEAVEN

Pronunciation:  'levun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something; "his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor"
  2. [n]  a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
  3. [v]  cause to puff up with a leaven; of dough; "unleavened bread"

LEAVEN is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: leavening, leavening, prove, raise
 See Also: baking powder, barm, bring up, elevate, get up, imponderable, lift, matter, rise, sourdough, substance, yeast



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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},
    1. Any substance that produces, or is designed to produce,
       fermentation, as in dough or liquids; esp., a portion of
       fermenting dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of
       dough, produces a general change in the mass, and renders
       it light; yeast; barm.
    2. Anything which makes a general assimilating (especially a
       corrupting) change in the mass.
             Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is
             hypocrisy.                            --Luke xii. 1.
  2. \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
             A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. --1 Cor.
                                                   v. 6.
    2. To imbue; to infect; to vitiate.
             With these and the like deceivable doctrines, he
             leavens also his prayer.              --Milton.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(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, the proper rendering would be, "Unfermented things [Heb. matstsoth] shall be consumed during the seven days; and there shall not be seen with thee fermented things [hamets], and there shall not be seen with thee leavened mass [seor] in all thy borders." The chemical definition of ferment or yeast is "a substance in a state of putrefaction, the atoms of which are in a continual motion."

The use of leaven was strictly forbidden in all offerings made to the Lord by fire (Lev. 2:11; 7:12; 8:2; Num. 6:15). Its secretly penetrating and diffusive power is referred to in 1 Cor. 5:6. In this respect it is used to illustrate the growth of the kingdom of heaven both in the individual heart and in the world (Matt. 13:33). It is a figure also of corruptness and of perverseness of heart and life (Matt. 16:6, 11; Mark 8:15; 1 Cor. 5:7, 8).

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