• WordNet 3.6
    • adj quick moving quickly and lightly "sleek and agile as a gymnast","as nimble as a deer","nimble fingers","quick of foot","the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"
    • adj quick easily aroused or excited "a quick temper","a warm temper"
    • adj quick performed with little or no delay "an immediate reply to my letter","a prompt reply","was quick to respond","a straightaway denial"
    • adj quick accomplished rapidly and without delay "was quick to make friends","his quick reaction prevented an accident","hoped for a speedy resolution of the problem","a speedy recovery","he has a right to a speedy trial"
    • adj quick hurried and brief "paid a flying visit","took a flying glance at the book","a quick inspection","a fast visit"
    • adj quick apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity "a quick mind","a ready wit"
    • adv quick with little or no delay "the rescue squad arrived promptly","come here, quick!"
    • n quick any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)
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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
    • Quick Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or inanimate. "Not fully quyke , ne fully dead they were.""The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.""Man is no star, but a quick coal
      Of mortal fire."
    • Quick Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready. "A quick wit."
    • Quick Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen. "The air is quick there,
      And it pierces and sharpens the stomach."
    • Quick Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper. "The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended."
    • adv Quick In a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run quick; get back quick. "If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed."
    • Quick Pregnant; with child.
    • Quick (Bot) Quitch grass.
    • Quick Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear. "To have an open ear, a quick eye.""They say that women are so quick ."
    • Quick Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick . "Oft he her his charge of quick return
    • Quick That which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge. "The works . . . are curiously hedged with quick ."
    • Quick The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger nail to the quick; to thrust a sword to the quick, to taunt one to the quick; -- used figuratively. "This test nippeth, . . . this toucheth the quick .""How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference !"
    • v. t. & i Quick To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Slaves under the last emperors of China wore pigtails so they could be picked out quickly
    • quick Living; alive; live.
    • quick Lively; characterized by physical or mental liveliness or sprightliness; prompt; ready; sprightly; nimble; brisk.
    • quick Prompt to perceive or to respond to impressions; perceptive in a high degree; sensitive; hence, excitable; restless; passionate.
    • quick Speedy; hasty; swift; rapid; done or occurring in a short time; prompt; immediate: as, a quick return of profits.
    • quick Hasty; precipitate; irritable; sharp; unceremonious.
    • quick Pregnant; with child: specifically noting a woman when the motion of the fetus is felt.
    • quick Active in operation; piercing; sharp; hence, bracing; fresh.
    • quick Synonyms and Expeditious, rapid, active, alert, agile, hurrying, hurried, fleet, dexterous, adroit. See quickness.
    • quick Acute, keen.
    • n quick A living being.
    • n quick That which is quick, or living and sensitive: with the definite article: as, cut to the quick.
    • n quick A live fence or hedge formed of some growing plant, usually hawthorn; quickset.
    • n quick The quitch-grass. Also quicks, quitch.
    • quick In a quick manner; nimbly; with celerity; rapidly; with haste; speedily: as, run quick.
    • quick Soon; in a short time; without delay: as, go and return quick.
    • quick To make alive; quicken; animate.
    • quick To revive; kindle; quicken.
    • quick In electroplating, to prepare for the firmer adhesion of the deposited metal by the use of a solution of nitrate of mercury.
    • quick To become alive; revive.
    • quick Very elastic: as, a quick billiard cushion.
    • n quick In mining, an abbreviation of quicksilver.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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
    • adj Quick kwik living: lively: speedy: nimble: ready: sensitive: hasty: pregnant: active, piercing
    • adv Quick without delay: rapidly: soon
    • n Quick a living animal or plant: the living: the living flesh: the sensitive parts: a hedge of some growing plant, quickset
    • v.i Quick to become alive: to move with activity
    • n Quick the couch or quitch-grass
    • adj Quick consisting of living plants
    • v.t Quick to overlay or to treat with quicksilver
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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.”
  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.”
  • Proverb
    “Quick to borrow is always slow to pay.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.”
  • Bettina Ballard
    Bettina Ballard
    “Fashions are born and they die too quickly for anyone to learn to love them.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
As. cwic, cwicu, cwucu, cucu, living; akin to OS. quik, D. kwik, OHG. quec, chec, G. keck, bold, lively, Icel. kvikr, living, Goth. qius, Lith. qȳvas, Russ. zhivoi, L. vivus, living, vivere, to live, Gr. bi`os life, Skr. jīva, living, jīv, to live. Cf. Biography Vivid Quitch grass Whitlow


In literature:

The bitterness the girl's fatalism had predicted yesterday had fallen upon them quickly.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
He fingered a wicked looking revolver, as if anticipating trouble and hoping that would come quickly.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
But the little man returned quickly to his story.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
With a glance Alex saw that the way was clear, and quickly lowering himself by his hands, dropped.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
Perhaps it is all for the best that it should have a quick come and a quick go.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Henry rose quickly from the noonday refreshment and, with a nod to his comrades, entered the forest at the head of the little band of hunters.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There were some points of similarity between the murders of Salter Quick and Noah Quick.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
It touched him to the quick to see the poor horse dying.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Jim snapped it quickly on and off again.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Bring me some food quickly.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens

In poetry:

Tho' grief awhile within their eyes
Hath tamed the dancing glee,
Yet there thine own quick spirit lies–
Thy brother's children see!
"The Kaiser's Feast" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
O quickly ran he down the stair,
O fifteen steps he has made but three,
He's tane his bonny love in his arms
An a wot he kissd her tenderly.
"Young Bicham" by Andrew Lang
God quickly stopped their wicked breath;
And sent two raging bears,
That tore them limb from limb to death,
With blood, and groans, and tears.
"Against Scoffing and Calling Names" by Isaac Watts
It is so; and through the quick years that roll,
That sepulchre of theirs
Is as a passionate and wish'd-for goal
To which all thought repairs—
"John Keats" by Alexander Anderson
So when His mourning followers heard
The tidings of that faithful word,
Quick went they forth to Galilee,
Their loved and lost once more to see.
"His Cheering Message From the Grave" by Augusta Treverorum
Young Dermod stood like a stricken man,
His mother she swooned away;
But his love ran quick to the stranger's side,
And to him she this did say:
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

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It stopped as quickly as it started.
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Ledyard firefighters quickly extinguish fire in attic .
Firefighters Wednesday night quickly extinguished a fire at a home at 12 Algen Ave.
Mick Jagger’s ex is not under his thumb, so she is making a quick buck with his old love letters.
The game was back and forth all night, and the Trojans (5-3, 1-1) packed up and left quickly, frustrated with an end-game scenario that appeared to have gone their way.
Scott Brown, Republican from Massachusetts, has quickly learned the art of the backroom deal in the US Senate, almost six months since capturing the late Ted Kennedy's seat.
The quick, something-is-better-than-nothing backup system .
A congressional hearing into the Sept 11 killing of US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans has quickly turned into a partisan yelling match less than a month before Election Day.
It's a long story, but here's the quick pitch.
(Trent Nelson Tribune file photo) Utah congressional candidate Mia Love has quickly closed the fundraising gap with incumbent Rep Jim Matheson in recent weeks.
Ace Hood put himself on the map with last year's hit, 'Hustle Hard' which grew quickly after hitting the radio airwaves.
I've tried rejetting it and also tried the Boyesen Quick Shot Fuel Accelerator, but nothing seems to help.

In science:

For 0 < u < 1 and q the size of a finite field, this algorithm terminates quickly.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
We close this section with a quick application of part (I) of Proposition 1.
Locally Sasakian Manifolds
The total number of scatterers is then V = 4604, and we indeed see that the data curves tend quickly to zero for |a|2 ≥ V .
Eigenstate Structure in Graphs and Disordered Lattices
Fox, A quick trip through knot theory, Topology of 3-manifolds, Proc. 1961 Top.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
Therefore, even if there is no initial curvature, the field quickly becomes very curved.
Evolution of magnetic field curvature in the Kulsrud-Anderson dynamo theory