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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leavening an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something "his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor"
    • n leavening a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Leavening That which leavens or makes light.
    • Leavening The act of making light, or causing to ferment, by means of leaven.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n leavening The act of making light by means of leaven; the act of exciting fermentation in anything.
    • n leavening That which leavens or makes light.
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  • William Mcilvanney
    William Mcilvanney
    “Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.”
  • George F. Will
    “If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.”


In literature:

It is a leaven that will work yet.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843" by Various
I could leave the leaven to work.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
His domestic details leaven the whole.
"A Wanderer in Venice" by E.V. Lucas
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
They will either be thrust out or leaven the Church.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The leaven that leavens the nations is wrought by her hands.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
Leaven it; perhaps even redeem it: for Society needs redemption.
"Art" by Clive Bell
They are men without the necessary leaven of introspection.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
What was this leaven of weakness in the man, she wondered, which had so suddenly broken him down?
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In the Burton household that fall, a leaven was working.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
It is this supernatural element that leavens natural passion, and gives its mad rage to it.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
A beautiful specimen of the old Tory leaven.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Take, for example, the parables of the mustard-seed and the leaven.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Christmas trees are rather rarer over here than on the East Side, where the German leavens the lump with his loyalty to home traditions.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
A few names have ever been the leaven which has preserved many a nation from premature decay.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
I should like to see him leaven the lump with a sense of humor.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Soon the Wahabi leaven began to produce profound disturbances in the most distant quarters.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
Science has already to some extent leavened the world; it will leaven it more and more.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Now grief had something to leaven it.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
It is 'a life-long task ere the lump be leavened.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren

In poetry:

The stranger, smiling, with a little leaven
Of irony, said, “Yea,
But there it shall not be. With me in Heaven
You’ll spend your Christmas Day.”
"His Mate" by Victor James Daley
To sit ... till every sense
Lose thought of whither and whence;
Till earth and heaven
And faith and fate
No longer leaven
Life, with hope or fear, or love or hate.
"By A Silent Stream" by Cale Young Rice
Her words the hope of nations crown,
And stir brave boyhood with their leaven,
Her patriot fire
Wakes noble ire,
She wastes in gracious deeds, like one
Whose heart is on the fields of heaven.
"A Soldier's Mother" by Annie Adams Fields
But if there lives, as love believes,
All underneath this silent heaven,
In yon shades, and by yon streams,
As we have seen them in our dreams,
A deathless race; still let thy grace
My being leaven!
"To Poesy" by Charles Harpur
When with swift, unsandall'd feet,
Thou the springing turf dost tread,
In the passion of the chase,
Long'st thou for the leavened bread?
Wouldst thou sleep the scented night
Where the stars are hid from sight?
"Ishmael" by Ethel Clifford
Then let us feast this Easter day on the true Bread of heaven;
The Word of grace hath purged away the old and wicked leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed; He is our Meat and Drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!
"Christ Jesus Lay In Death's Strong Bands" by Martin Luther

In news:

The bakery had an extra busy Sunday as Jewish customers stocked up on leavened bread products after Passover.
Before the end of this week Jews will be celebrating Passover, a time when leavened foods are forbidden.
Potomac Media Works develops, writes and produces entertaining television programming exploring contemporary and global topics — often leavened with a gently irreverent tone.
Though the issues they address are deadly serious, Ms Delilah 's works are leavened by humor and playfulness.
Suddenly, sauerkraut (aka fermented cabbage) is sexy, bread leavened with commercial yeast as opposed to naturally occurring yeast is verboten, and yogurt is on A-list menus.
Two men performing the pre-Passover ritual of burning leavened bread were given a summons by fire marshals because the fire, on a Brooklyn street, created a danger, the Fire Department said yesterday.
In Israel the Passover restrictions that rule out leavened bread and wheat apply to livestock as well so that their milk can be considered kosher for Passover.
An app to get rid of your leavened bread.
And if you're celebrating Passover and avoiding flour and leavening, you'll find Almond Macaroon Fingers or Chocolate-Hazelnut Macaroons particularly delectable.
The jungle quest that results, while redolent of Heart of Darkness and Don Quixote, takes readers to a place entirely Millet 's own, leavened by very funny asides.
If no-knead bread is the easiest and anadama bread is the most New Englandy, then sourdough is likely the oldest -- probably the first leavened bread, created in ancient Egypt thousands of years ago.
(March 8, 2012) There is something appealing about doing things the way they've been done for centuries — sailing, leavening bread, celestial navigation — they offer us a connection to the past, contact with tradition.
In yet another engaging urban fantasy that leavens apocalyptic threats with smart-ass humor, Butcher just keeps upping the ante for wizard Harry Dresden, appearing in his 14th novel after 2011's Ghost Story.
To see the December protests in Russia as primarily a political wave is to miss a more fundamental leaven at work in Russian society: a moral awakening akin to the American civil rights movement .
Any product that uses only soda as the leaven should be baked immediately.

In science:

Sempre nell’ambito dei tempi complessi, Leavens e Aers, nel 1993, partendo dallo stesso operatore introdotto da Sokolovski e Baskin (τ Ω cl ), propongono l’uso del metodo di Bohm per ricavare delle traiettorie “semiclassiche” da adoperare per il calcolo del tempo medio.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)
Leavens, G.T., et al., JML Reference Manual. 2005. Lange, C.F.J., M.R.V. Chaudron, and J. Muskens, In practice: UML software architecture and design description. Software, IEEE, 2006. 23(2): p.
Test Case Generation using Mutation Operators and Fault Classification
This fact has already been pointed out by Leavens, but he makes no comment on the imaginary part.
Weak Values: Approach through the Clifford and Moyal Algebras
Leavens, C. R., Weak Measurements from the Point of View of Bohmian Mechanics, Found.
Weak Values: Approach through the Clifford and Moyal Algebras