Tim. iv. 1.
Man is no star, but a quick coalHerbert.
Of mortal fire.
In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in some compounds, or in particular phrases.
2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready. " A quick wit." Shak.
3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick.
Oft he her his charge of quick returnMilton.
4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper.
The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended.Latimer.
5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
The air is quick there,Shak.
And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear. "To have an open ear, a quick eye."
They say that women are so quick.Tennyson.
7. Pregnant; with child. Shak.
Quick grass. (Bot.) See Quitch grass. Quick match. See under Match. Quick vein (Mining),
a vein of ore which is productive, not barren. Quick vinegar, vinegar made by allowing a
weak solution of alcohol to trickle slowly over shavings or other porous material. Quick water, quicksilver
water. Quick with child, pregnant with a living child.
Syn. Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively; sprightly.
(Quick) adv. In a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run
quick; get back quick.
If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed.Locke.
1. That which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in
making a living hedge.
The works . . . are curiously hedged with quick.Evelyn.
2. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive
living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger
nail to the quick; to thrust a sword to the quick, to taunt one to the quick; used figuratively.
This test nippeth, . . . this toucheth the quick.Latimer.
How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference !Fuller.
3. (Bot.) Quitch grass. Tennyson.
(Quick), v. t. & i. [See Quicken.] To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive. [Obs.] Chaucer.