Quick grass
Quick Quick, a. [Compar. {Quicker}; superl. {Quickest}.] [As. cwic, cwicu, cwucu, cucu, living; akin to OS. quik, D. kwik, OHG. quec, chec, G. keck bold, lively, Icel. kvikr living, Goth. qius, Lith. q[=y]vas, Russ. zhivoi, L. vivus living, vivere to live, Gr. bi`os life, Skr. j[=i]va living, j[=i]v to live. Cf. {Biography}, {Vivid}, {Quitch grass}, {Whitlow}.] 1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to {dead} or {inanimate}. [1913 Webster]

Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they were. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. --2 Tim. iv. 1. [1913 Webster]

Man is no star, but a quick coal Of mortal fire. -- Herbert. [1913 Webster]

Note: In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in some compounds, or in particular phrases. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready. `` A quick wit.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick. [1913 Webster]

Oft he her his charge of quick return Repeated. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper. [1913 Webster]

The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended. -- Latimer. [1913 Webster]

5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen. [1913 Webster]

The air is quick there, And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear. ``To have an open ear, a quick eye.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

They say that women are so quick. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

7. Pregnant; with child. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively; sprightly. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Quick grass — Grass Grass, n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, gr[ae]s, g[ae]rs; akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. gr[ae]s, Sw. gr[aum]s, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf. {Graze}.] 1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quick grass — quick′ grass n. pln a couch grass Agropyron repens[/ex] • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • quick grass — n. COUCH GRASS …   English World dictionary

  • quick grass — Quitch grass Quitch grass (kw[i^]ch gr[.a]s ). [Properly quick grass, being probably so called from its vigorous growth, or from its tenacity of life. See {Quick}, and cf. {Couch grass}.] (Bot.) A perennial grass ({Agropyrum repens}) having long… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quick grass — noun European grass spreading rapidly by creeping rhizomes; naturalized in North America as a weed • Syn: ↑dog grass, ↑couch grass, ↑quackgrass, ↑quack grass, ↑witch grass, ↑witchgrass, ↑Agropyron repens …   Useful english dictionary

  • quick grass — tikroji knisažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, pašarinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Cynodon dactylon), kilęs iš Azijos. atitikmenys: lot. Cynodon dactylon angl. Bahama grass; Bermuda grass; common… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • quick grass — paprastasis varputis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos pašarinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Elytrigia repens), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai). atitikmenys: lot …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • quick-grass — n. Knot grass, dog wheat, dog s grass, couch grass, wheat grass, twitch grass, quitch grass, quickens (Triticum repens) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • quick grass — /ˈkwɪk gras/ (say kwik grahs) noun → couch2. {quick, variant of quitch (grass)} …   Australian English dictionary

  • quick grass — the couch grass, Agropyron repens. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

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