• WordNet 3.6
    • v quicken give new life or energy to "A hot soup will revive me","This will renovate my spirits","This treatment repaired my health"
    • v quicken show signs of life "the fetus quickened"
    • v quicken move faster "The car accelerated"
    • v quicken give life or energy to "The cold water invigorated him"
    • v quicken make keen or more acute "whet my appetite"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quicken 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.""And keener lightnings quicken in her eye.""When the pale and bloodless east began
      To quicken to the sun."
    • Quicken 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.""Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize."
    • Quicken 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.
    • Quicken To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened .
    • Quicken (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quicken To become quick or alive; receive life.
    • quicken To become quick or lively; become more active or sensitive.
    • quicken To enter that state of pregnancy in which the child gives indications of life; begin to manifest signs of life in the womb: said of the mother or the child. The motion of the fetus is first felt by the mother usually about the eighteenth week of pregnancy.
    • quicken To make quick or alive; vivify; revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state.
    • quicken To revive; cheer; reinvigorate; refresh.
    • quicken To make quick or speedy; hasten; accelerate: as, to quicken motion, speed, or flight.
    • quicken To sharpen; give keener perception to; stimulate; incite: as, to quicken the appetite or taste; to quicken desires.
    • quicken To work with yeast.
    • quicken Synonyms To expedite, hurry, speed.
    • quicken To excite, animate.
    • n quicken The couch- or quitch-grass, Agropyrum (Triticum) repens. Also quickens.
    • n quicken Same as quick-beam.
    • quicken In naval architecture, to give a greater curve to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Quicken to make quick or alive: to revive: to reinvigorate: to cheer: to excite: to sharpen: to hasten
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  • Lord Byron
    “And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.”
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    “Nothing strengthens the judgement and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cwician,. See Quick (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cwic; Ice. kvikr, Goth. kwius, living; allied to L. vivus.


In literature:

He quickened to a jealous distrust of any passerby who halted beside him to look into the window, and felt a great relief when these passed on.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Arlee stared down into the great empty hall with an involuntary quickening of the breath.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Their eyes met, and her heart quickened with a strange new thrill.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
The stride quickened to the rhythmic beat of the cow-horse at top speed.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
He quickened his pace.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
There was something about this girl that quickened every fiber of his being.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Her heart quickened a little, and she felt the colour rise in her face.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The thirteenth century has hardly begun when the romantic impulse quickens even the old English tongue in the long poem of Layamon.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
We quicken with largesse of life, and spring with vivid mystery.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
The stimulating and quickening power is from above.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various

In poetry:

All is divine,--the bird that sings,
The flowers that bloom, the waves that roll;
One Spirit quickens men and things,
And stirs alike the sun and soul.
"At Hochfinstermunz" by John Lawson Stoddard
Thou spread'st the curtains of the night,
Great guardian of my sleeping hours;
Thy sovereign word restores the light,
And quickens all my drowsy powers.
"Hymn 81" by Isaac Watts
Yet, had the perfect temple quickened then
And whispered us between our song,
"Give God the praise. To whom of living men
Shall next our thanks belong?"
"Three Men Of Truro" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Oh! make us glad with the things that are young;
Give our hearts the quickened thrills
That used to answer each robin that sung
In the days of daffodils.
"The Petition" by Virna Sheard
What are our works but sin and death,
Till thou thy quickening Spirit breathe!
Thou giv'st the power thy grace to move;
O wondrous grace! O boundless love!
"Hymn XXVI: I Thirst, Thou Wounded Lamb of God" by Charles Wesley
Father! God! we ask for bread,
Stones thou wilt not give instead—
Down thy promised Spirit shed—
Toil is vain, and hope is dead,
Till Thou quicken these.
"To Teachers of The Young" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to practice after recovering from a broken finger and will likely return to game action on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Lakers visit Quicken Loans Arena.
Mint .com to continue as is alongside Quicken Online.
KANNAPOLIS, N.C.—Stewart-Haas Racing announced some much-needed sponsorship Tuesday when Quicken Loans said it will double its commitment to Ryan Newman .
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Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach, was to quicken the team's pace .
The floats have been built, the band has quickened its step and the cheer squad has honed its routines.
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WASHINGTON — Congress has approved a measure requiring the US Army Corps of Engineers to quicken development of a strategy for keeping the Great Lakes free of Asian carp.
Starting today, the new version of Quicken is available for purchase.
Moving From Quicken Online to Mint.com.
Quicken Loans Arena (commonly The Q), is a multi-purpose arena, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans, says float was designed to celebrate culture and creativity.
Quicken Loans asks 'What If'.
Quicken Loans unveils float for America's Thanksgiving Parade.

In science:

The biological function of a sense of humour consists in quickenning the transmission of processed information into conscioussness and in a more effective use of brain resources.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
The biological function of a sense of humour consists in quickening the transmission of processed information into conscioussness and in a more effective use of brain resources.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Let us conclude by saying that the pace of development in MC research appears to be quickening to the extent that we may not want to wait another decade to meet again.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
Thus, convergence quickens by solving larger minimization problems but by performing the same matrix-vector multiplications per step.
Operator Coefficient Methods for Linear Equations