(Quick"beam`) n. [A. S. cwicbeám.] See Quicken tree.
(Quick"en) v. t. [imp. & p. p. quickened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Quickening.] [AS. cwician. See
1. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to,
stimulate; to incite.
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead.Shak.
Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize.South.
2. To make lively, active, or sprightly; to impart additional energy to; to stimulate; to make quick or rapid; to
hasten; to accelerate; as, to quicken one's steps or thoughts; to quicken one's departure or speed.
3. (Shipbuilding) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper; as, to quicken the sheer,
that is, to make its curve more pronounced.
Syn. To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify; refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate; expedite; dispatch; speed.
(Quick"en), v. i.
1. To come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened; hence, to exhibit signs of life; to move,
as the fetus in the womb.
The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.Ray.
And keener lightnings quicken in her eye.Pope.
When the pale and bloodless east beganTennyson.
To quicken to the sun.
2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened.
(Quick"en*er), n. One who, or that which, quickens.
1. The act or process of making or of becoming quick.
2. (Physiol.) The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt by the mother, occurring usually about the
middle of the term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be due to the fetus becoming possessed
of independent life.
(Quick"ens) n. (Bot.) Quitch grass.
(Quick"en tree`) [Probably from quick, and first applied to the aspen or some tree with
quivering leaves; cf. G. quickenbaum, quizenbaum, quitschenbaum. Cf. Quitch grass.] (Bot.) The
European rowan tree; called also quickbeam, and quickenbeam. See Rowan tree.
(Quick"hatch`) n. [From the American Indian name.] (Zoöl.) The wolverine.
(Quick"lime) n. [See Quick, a.] (Chem.) Calcium oxide; unslacked lime; so called because
when wet it develops great heat. See 4th Lime, 2.
(Quick"ly), adv. Speedily; with haste or celerity; soon; without delay; quick.