Definitions for: Quickening


[n] the act of accelerating; increasing the speed
[n] the process of showing signs of life; "the quickening of seed that will become ripe grain"
[n] the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels movements of the fetus



Webster (1913) Definition: Quick"en*ing, n.
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.

Synonyms: acceleration, speedup

See Also: biological process, degree, gestation, hurrying, level, organic process, point, pregnancy, speed, speeding, stage


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