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 God of Day Impartial, quickening with his ray Evil and good alike, beheld The carcass--and the carcass swelled
Perhaps it may be that my mind is wrought To a fever* by the moonbeam that hangs o'er, But I will half believe that wild light fraught With more of sovereignty than ancient lore Hath ever told-or is it of a thought The unembodied essence, and no more That with a quickening spell doth o'er us pass As dew of the night-time, o'er the summer grass?
the old woman said, quickening hers, too, quite easily.