Definitions for: Quickness


[n] a rate that is rapid
[n] intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay
[n] skillful performance or ability without difficulty; "his quick adeptness was a product of good design"; "he was famous for his facility as an archer"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quick"ness, n.
1. The condition or quality of being quick or living; life.
[Obs.]

Touch it with thy celestial quickness. --Herbert.

2. Activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion;
speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit.

This deed . . . must send thee hence With fiery
quickness. --Shak.

His mind had, indeed, great quickness and vigor. --
Macaulay.

3. Acuteness of perception; keen sensibility.

Would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience
to an animal that must lie still ? --Locke

4. Sharpness; pungency of taste. --Mortimer.

Syn: Velocity; celerity; rapidity; speed; haste; expedition;
promptness; dispatch; swiftness; nimbleness; fleetness;
agility; briskness; liveliness; readiness; sagacity;
shrewdness; shrewdness; sharpness; keenness.

Synonyms: adeptness, adroitness, celerity, deftness, facility, mental quickness, quick-wittedness, rapidity

See Also: despatch, dexterity, dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness, fleetness, immediacy, immediateness, instancy, instantaneousness, intelligence, manual dexterity, pace, promptitude, promptness, rate, skillfulness, sleight, touch




Famous Quotes Containing Quickness:


Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stillness.

-- Mark Rothko (American Artist)

Speed is a great asset; but it's greater when it's combined with quickness - and there's a big difference.

-- Ty Cobb (American Athlete)

If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest.

-- Xun Zi (Chinese Philosopher)

I was captain and should have set the example. I would lift a minimum of weights. Mine was natural physical strength. I always thought quickness and agility were much more important.

-- Merlin Olsen (American Athlete)

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.

-- Alfred North Whitehead (English Mathematician)

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

-- George Santayana (American Philosopher)

Base Ball, to be played thoroughly, requires the possession of muscular strength, great agility, quickness of eye, readiness of hand, and many other faculties of mind and body that mark the man of nerve.

-- Henry Chadwick (English Writer)

Digital for storage and quickness. Analog for fatness and warmth.

-- Adrian Belew (American Musician)


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