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quicken


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Quicken  \Quick"en\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {quickened};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Quickening}.]  [AS.  cwician  See  {Quick},  a.] 
  1.  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. 
  --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. 
 
  Syn:  To  revive;  resuscitate;  animate;  reinvigorate;  vivify; 
  refresh;  stimulate;  sharpen;  incite;  hasten;  accelerate; 
  expedite;  dispatch;  speed. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Quicken  \Quick"en\,  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  quicken 
  v  1:  move  faster;  "The  car  accelerated"  [syn:  {accelerate},  {speed 
  up},  {speed}]  [ant:  {decelerate}] 
  2:  make  keen  or  more  acute;  "whet  my  appetite"  [syn:  {whet}] 
  3:  give  life  or  energy  to  "The  cold  water  invigorated  him" 
  [syn:  {invigorate}] 
  4:  show  signs  of  life;  of  a  fetus 
  5:  give  new  life  or  energy  to  "A  hot  soup  will  revive  me" 
  [syn:  {animate},  {recreate},  {reanimate},  {revive},  {vivify}, 
  {revivify}] 




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