quickening


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quick·en

 (kwĭk′ən)
v. quick·ened, quick·en·ing, quick·ens
v.tr.
1. To make more rapid: Stress quickens the pulse.
2. To cause (a body or soul, for example) to become alive; vitalize.
3. To excite and stimulate; stir: Such stories quicken the imagination.
v.intr.
1. To become more rapid. See Synonyms at speed.
2. To come or return to life, as a soul.
3. To become excited or stimulated: Our interest in the project has quickened.
4. To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.

quick′en·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quickening - the process of showing signs of life; "the quickening of seed that will become ripe grain"
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
2.quickening - the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
degree, stage, level, point - a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"
maternity, pregnancy, gestation - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
3.quickening - the act of acceleratingquickening - the act of accelerating; increasing the speed
hurrying, speeding, speed - changing location rapidly

quickening

adjective
Translations

quick·en·ing

1. n. animación;
2. percepción por la madre del primer movimiento del feto en el útero.

quickening

n (obst) primeros movimientos fetales percibidos por la embarazada
References in classic literature ?
The first howls were taken up and echoed and with quickening repetitions.
It was the idea also, that this same spermaceti was that quickening humor of the Greenland Whale which the first syllable of the word literally expresses.
In her little bundle she had provided a store of cakes and apples, which she used as expedients for quickening the speed of the child, rolling the apple some yards before them, when the boy would run with all his might after it; and this ruse, often repeated, carried them over many a half-mile.
That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog- bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded schoolroom and dormitory, and, ere May arrived, transformed the seminary into an hospital.
As they passed through the lodge-gates, Miss Garth looked round, and saw that the stranger was quickening his pace, apparently with the purpose of entering into conversation.