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. [1913 Webster]

The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize. -- South. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify; refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate; expedite; dispatch; speed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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