Associations to the word «Quicken»


QUICKEN, verb. (transitive) (now literary) To give life to; to animate, make alive, revive. [from 14thc.]
QUICKEN, verb. (intransitive) (now literary) To come back to life, receive life. [from 14thc.]
QUICKEN, verb. (intransitive) To take on a state of activity or vigour comparable to life; to be roused, excited. [from 15thc.]
QUICKEN, verb. (intransitive) Of a pregnant woman: to first feel the movements of the foetus, or reach the stage of pregnancy at which this takes place; of a foetus: to begin to move. [from 16thc.]
QUICKEN, verb. (transitive) To make quicker; to hasten, speed up. [from 17thc.]
QUICKEN, verb. (intransitive) To become faster. [from 17thc.]
QUICKEN, verb. (shipbuilding) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper.
QUICKEN, noun. (now chiefly Northern England) The European rowan, Sorbus aucuparia. [from 15th c.]

Dictionary definition

QUICKEN, verb. Move faster; "The car accelerated".
QUICKEN, verb. Make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite".
QUICKEN, verb. Give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him".
QUICKEN, verb. Show signs of life; "the fetus quickened".
QUICKEN, verb. Give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health".

Wise words

Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, ad the neglected opportunity.
Arabian Proverb