verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of quicken
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.
Josh Rogin and Eli Lake report on Obama's quickening war campaign.
"Quickening" introduces the second room of the exhibit and features a diptych of pregnant women, their faces also ravaged by time.
This, after some pondering, I concluded to represent Pygmalion, as he awaited the quickening of his statue.Phantastes|George MacDonald
Quickening their own pace, they soon overtook the boy, who saluted them as they passed, in respect for their seeming age.The Circassian Chief|W.H.G. Kingston
Quickening his step, he marched some yards in advance of his company.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
Indeed, he had small time to ponder, for his comrade was quickening his steps, and he had to hasten to reach his side.Tom Tufton's Travels|Evelyn Everett-Green
He scurried here and there, as need required, gathering force like a machine under the quickening beat of the controlling engine.The Lash|Olin L. Lyman
British Dictionary definitions for quickening
- (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
Word Origin and History for quickening
c.1300, "come to life; give life to," from quick (adj.) + -en (1). Meaning "become faster" is from 1805. Related: Quickened; quickening. An earlier verb was simply quick (c.1200), from Old English gecwician.