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Definition of QUICK

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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[imac]va living, j[imac]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 to 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 v.0.48 [gcide]

Quick \Quick\, v. t. & i. [See {Quicken}.] To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive. [Obs.]
     --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Quick \Quick\, adv.
     In a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run quick; get back quick. [1913 Webster]

           If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed.                           -- Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Quick \Quick\, n.
     1. That which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge. [1913 Webster]

              The works . . . are curiously hedged with quick.
                                                    --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

     2. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger nail to the quick; to thrust a sword to the quick, to taunt one to the quick; -- used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

              This test nippeth, . . . this toucheth the quick.
                                                    --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

              How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference ! --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Bot.) Quitch grass. --Tennyson.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

356 Moby Thesaurus words for "quick":
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