Quicken

Definition of Quicken

Quick´en
v. t.1.To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
[imp. & p. p. quickened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Quickening.]
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead.
- Shak.
Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize.
- South.
2.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.
3.(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.
v. i.1.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.
- Ray.
And keener lightnings quicken in her eye.
- Pope.
When the pale and bloodless east began
To quicken to the sun.
- Tennyson.
2.To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened.

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