- to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace.
- to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate: to quicken the imagination.
- to revive; restore life to: The spring rains quickened the earth.
- to become more active, sensitive, etc.: This drug causes the pulse to quicken.
- to become alive; receive life.
- (of the mother) to enter that stage of pregnancy in which the fetus gives indications of life.
- (of a fetus in the womb) to begin to manifest signs of life.
Origin of quicken
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Examples from the Web for quickening
I shifted and put the casing in my pocket, and when I did, I felt a quickening from my stomach to my jaw.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Josh Rogin and Eli Lake report on Obama's quickening war campaign.McCain: Obama to Send New Arms to Syrian Rebels
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
September 3, 2013
"Quickening" introduces the second room of the exhibit and features a diptych of pregnant women, their faces also ravaged by time.A Woman in Full
February 18, 2010
Quickening the dead among them, reviving the cold and the doubting.Poems
William D. Howells
"We must hurry," she declared, quickening her own small steps.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
Presently she brightened, turning to Mackenzie with quickening eyes.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
From his vantage-point he had a clear view of the quickening rush of departure.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
It has produced a regeneration, penetrating and quickening the whole.Maxim Gorki
- to make or become faster; acceleratehe quickened his walk; her heartbeat quickened with excitement
- to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc; stimulate or be stimulatedscience quickens man's imagination
- to make or become alive; revive
- (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life
- (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt
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Word Origin and History for quickening
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The initial signs of fetal life felt by the mother as a result of fetal movement.
- To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
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