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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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,
1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or
Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they were. --Chaucer.
The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and
the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. --2 Tim.
Man is no star, but a quick coal
Of mortal fire. -- Herbert.
Note: In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in
some compounds, or in particular phrases.
2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly;
agile; brisk; ready. " A quick wit." --Shak.
3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick.
Oft he to her his charge of quick return
4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp;
unceremonious; as, a quick temper.
The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and
signified that he was much offended. -- Latimer.
5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
The air is quick there,
And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. -- Shak.
6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick
ear. "To have an open ear, a quick eye." --Shak.
They say that women are so quick. --Tennyson.
7. Pregnant; with child. --Shak.
Quick grass. (Bot.) See Quitch grass.
Quick match. See under Match.
Quick vein (Mining), a vein of ore which is productive, not
Quick vinegar, vinegar made by allowing a weak solution of
alcohol to trickle slowly over shavings or other porous
Quick water, quicksilver water.
Quick with child, pregnant with a living child.
Syn: Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready;
active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively;
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adv 1: most quickly [syn: quickest, fastest]
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