from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of quicken.
  • n. The action of bringing someone or something to life.
  • n. The first noticable movements of a foetus during pregnancy, or the period when this occurs.
  • n. Stimulation, excitement (of a feeling, emotion etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of making or of becoming quick.
  • n. The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt by the mother, occurring usually about the middle of the term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be due to the fetus becoming possessed of independent life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of reviving or animating.
  • n. The time of pregnancy when the fetus is first felt to be quick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of showing signs of life
  • n. the act of accelerating; increasing the speed
  • n. the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus


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  • Down through the sere leaves comes the first chestnut; others follow in quickening commotion, beginning their long pilgrimage to perfection; a hundred years hence they will stand in bridal white against the blue.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • THERE is a certain quickening of everything in these fall days,

    Gardening by Myself

  • Death, so far from preventing quickening, is the necessary prelude and prognostication of it, just as the seed "is not quickened" into a new sprout with increased produce, "except it die" (except a dissolution of its previous organization takes place).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The notion of "quickening" -- when the woman could first sense movement in her womb -- was sometimes used as a dividing line between ethical and unethical abortion.

    John Backman: Can 'I Don't Know' Break The Abortion Stalemate?

  • These first sensations, referred to as quickening, often feel like little fluttery movements or gas.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

  • Though Israel be but a remnant amidst many nations after her restoration, yet she shall exercise the same blessed influence in quickening them spiritually that the small imperceptible dew exercises in refreshing the grass (De 32: 2;

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • God's power and grace are magnified in quickening what to the eye of flesh seems dead and hopeless (Ro 4: 17,

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Your first example hearkens back to the idea of quickening — the point at which a woman “feels” a child inside — hardly at the moment of fertilziation, indeed, often not until week 20 or even later depending on how the placenta is situated.


  • There is but one thing that will touch the heart to any lasting purpose; and that is, the quickening grace of God the Holy

    Clare Avery A Story of the Spanish Armada

  • When the fetus acquires so much muscular power as to move its limbs, or to turn itself, which is called quickening, this sickness of pregnancy generally ceases.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life


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