Quick

Definition of Quick

a.1.Alive; living; animate; - opposed to dead or inanimate.
Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they were.
- Chaucer.
The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.
- 2 Tim. iv. 1.
Man is no star, but a quick coal
Of mortal fire.
- Herbert.
2.Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready.
3.Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick.
Oft he her his charge of quick return
Repeated.
- Milton.
4.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.
- Latimer.
5.Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
The air is quick there,
And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
- Shak.
6.Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear.
They say that women are so quick.
- Tennyson.
7.Pregnant; with child.
Quick grass
(Bot.) See Quitch grass.
Quick match
See under Match.
Quick vein
(Mining) a vein of ore which is productive, not barren.
Quick vinegar
vinegar made by allowing a weak solution of alcohol to trickle slowly over shavings or other porous material.
Quick water
quicksilver water.
Quick with child
pregnant with a living child.
adv.1.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.
- Locke.
n.1.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.
- Evelyn.
2.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.
- Latimer.
How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference !
- Fuller.
3.(Bot.) Quitch grass.
v. t. & i.1.To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive.

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