• WordNet 3.6
    • n quickness a rate that is rapid
    • n quickness intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay
    • n quickness skillful performance or ability without difficulty "his quick adeptness was a product of good design","he was famous for his facility as an archer"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jack took the gifts, thanked the gaint, and quickly caught up with the Prince Jack took the gifts, thanked the gaint, and quickly caught up with the Prince
So he ran quickly to a palm-tree So he ran quickly to a palm-tree
He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The temperature of milk when it leaves the body of a cow is 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The milk is then quickly chilled and stored at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Quickness Activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion; speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit. "This deed . . . must send thee hence
      With fiery quickness ."
      "His mind had, indeed, great quickness and vigor."
    • Quickness Acuteness of perception; keen sensibility. "Would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience to an animal that must lie still ?"
    • Quickness Sharpness; pungency of taste.
    • Quickness The condition or quality of being quick or living; life. "Touch it with thy celestial quickness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the movie "Babe", the piglet was played by over 30 different piglets they outgrew the part so quickly during the production of the film
    • n quickness The state of being quick or alive; vital power or principle.
    • n quickness Speed; velocity; celerity; rapidity: as, the quickness of motion.
    • n quickness Activity; briskness; promptness; readiness: as, the quickness of the imagination or wit.
    • n quickness Acuteness; keenness; alertness.
    • n quickness Sharpness; pungency; keenness.
    • n quickness Synonyms Quickness, Fastness, Speed, Celerity, Swiftness, Fleetness, Rapidity, Velocity, haste, expedition, despatch, alertness, liveliness. Quickness is the generic term. Quickness, fastness, speed, and rapidity may have relation to time only, or to space passed through or over; the others apply only to space. “Swift to hear,” in Jas. i. 19, is a bold figure. Celerity is swift voluntary movement; but we do not ordinarily speak of the movements of an animal as having celerity. Fleetness also is voluntary, and is applied to animals; we may speak by figure of the fleetness of a yacht. The word suggests quickness in getting over the ground by the use of the feet: we speak of the swiftness or rapidity of the swallow's or the pigeon's flight; the fleetness of Atalanta, a hound, a deer. Swiftness is presumably not too great for carefulness or thoroughness; rapidity may be too great for either. Velocity is the attribute of matter in motion; the word is especially a technical term for the rate of movement of matter, whether fast or slow. We speak also of the velocity of sound or light. Rapidity has less suggestion of personality than any of the others, except velocity. See nimble.
    • n quickness Dexterity, adroitness, expertness, facility, knack.
    • n quickness Penetration.
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  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “Act quickly, think slowly.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “If it were done when 'tis done, then t'were well. It were done quickly.”
  • John Dryden
    “Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.”
  • Bettina Ballard
    Bettina Ballard
    “Fashions are born and they die too quickly for anyone to learn to love them.”
  • Ella Higginson
    Ella Higginson
    “It's what you do, unthinking, that makes the quick tear start; The tear may be forgotten -- but the hurt stays in the heart.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, But quickly to see how to make them good.”


Cut to the quick - If someone's cut to the quick by something, they are very hurt and upset indeed.
Quick as a flash - If something happens quick as a flash, it happens very fast indeed.
Quick buck - If you make some money easily, you make a quick buck.
Quick fix - A quick fix is an easy solution, especially one that will not last.
Quick off the mark - If someone is quick off the mark, they are very quick to use, start or do something new.
Quick on the trigger - Someone who is quick on the trigger acts or responds quickly.


In literature:

Tad, who had sat in his saddle calmly, now realized that he must act quickly if he expected to save himself.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
The boats were lowered, and were quickly filled by the terrified passengers and crew.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Quickly he returns to his office and hands it to his chief.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
Two or three quick steps took her to the dwarf's side.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The passes are used to get quickly within striking distance or to withdraw quickly therefrom.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Between two stations the train came to a quick halt.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
For a moment there was confusion; but the voice of the captain, heard above all other sounds, quickly restored order.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
The business of washing down the decks had been quickly concluded, and the crew were sent to their breakfasts.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Disaster followed disaster in quick succession.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
They quickly crossed to the right shore, and the three canoes were run into a quiet little nook close to the swirling mouth of the race.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

'Fresh is love in May
When the Spring is yearning,
Life is but a lay,
Love is quick in learning.
"The Passing Of Cadieux" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
I sang old roaring songs,
Ran and leaped quick,
And turned home by St. Swithin's
Twirling my stick.
"Dicky" by Robert Graves
You were made to challenge
The world with your brain.
(God, take him quickly,
Before I die of pain!)
"The Dumb Wife Speaks" by Benjamin Musser
See! what a host has now
Quick rallied to the call;
And who, like thee, demands
Full liberty for all!
"Lines Inscribed To Benjamin Lundy, Esq." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Across what visions seek
The Dear One slumbering still.
(Quick, quick!
The sun has reached the hill!)
"Before Your Light Quite Fail" by Paul Verlaine
Was ever a night so quick
'Neath a moon so round?
I hear the earth as it turns--
And my heart's low sound!
"First Love" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

And I quickly found myself working as an intern in the newsroom of two local TV stations.
Undoubtedly, it was some octogenarian—loath to admit that time was passing more quickly than had been anticipated.
Analysts quickly cut estimates, driving shares down from 46 in May to 33.36 on Nov 23.
A quick look at television personality and food author, Ani Phyo.
It's a quick drive from Lubbock and worth your weight in apples to make the short road trip.
While some ambulances were quickly called to duty, it took dispatchers more.
State agricultural investigators moved quickly in early May and apprehended a Grady County man charged with fraudulently purchasing cattle from a Chickasha livestock market.
Jump on it quickly so you can make the most of it.
Here is a quick video recap from Trick or Treat on Bish 's Street 2012.
Michelle Obama Is 'Blackie O. Stylist Phillip Bloch might not like Sarah Palin's politics, but he's quick to leap to her sartorial defense.
Senate quickly acts to block House debt-ceiling plan.
Oregon Ducks quick hits, De'Anthony Thomas on 'trying to be a lead blocker ' (video).
A police bloodhound made quick work of a search for a hit-and-run suspect who fled from Murrieta, crashed into a Wildomar ravine and took cover in heavy brush, authorities said.
But it's not too old to take a quick sail.
She always has a habbit of sittion down on her rear and I snapped a quick picture of her doing this.

In science:

Consider an EFC process that fragmentates quickly.
Exchangeable Fragmentation-Coalescence processes and their equilibrium measures
Based on such effective picture, we study the system dynamics when the optical potential depth is quickly varied.
From the superfluid to the Mott regime and back: triggering a non-trivial dynamics in an array of coupled condensates
At time t = 0 the lattice potential depth is suddenly increased, so that the tunneling amplitude between neighbouring wells quickly drops to zero.
From the superfluid to the Mott regime and back: triggering a non-trivial dynamics in an array of coupled condensates
One simply assumes the reaction of the initial state to the quick Hamiltonian change to be negligible.
From the superfluid to the Mott regime and back: triggering a non-trivial dynamics in an array of coupled condensates
The optical-potential depth is quickly decreased (in a time of order τb ≈ 0) to the original value ω thus restoring the regime with T /(N U ) >> 1.
From the superfluid to the Mott regime and back: triggering a non-trivial dynamics in an array of coupled condensates