Definitions for: Quicken


[v] give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"
[v] show signs of life; of a fetus
[v] move faster; "The car accelerated"
[v] give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him"
[v] make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quick"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. quickened; p. pr. &
vb. n. Quickening.] [AS. cwician. See Quick, a.]
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 began To quicken to
the sun. --Tennyson.

2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated;
as, his pulse quickened.

Synonyms: accelerate, animate, invigorate, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, speed, speed up, vivify, whet

Antonyms: decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up

See Also: arouse, brace, brisk, brisk up, brisken, deepen, energise, energize, excite, excite, intensify, move, perk up, stimulate, stimulate, stimulate, stir

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Famous Quotes Containing Quicken:


Subsequent to the original Quicken, the whole idea that we, as a consumer products company, could actually make business products, that was a whole revolution in our thinking.

-- Scott Cook (American Businessman)

Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.

-- A. E. Housman (English Poet)


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