quick /ˈkwɪk/ 形容詞
快速( 的 ); 快( 的 )
Quick a. [Compar. Quicker superl. Quickest.]
1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or inanimate.
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. iv. 1.
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.”
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.”
They say that women are so quick. --Tennyson.
7. Pregnant; with child.
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.
Syn: -- Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively; sprightly.
Quick adv. In a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run quick; get back quick.
If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed. -- Locke.
1. That which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge.
The works . . . are curiously hedged with quick. --Evelyn.
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.
This test nippeth, . . . this toucheth the quick. --Latimer.
How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference ! --Fuller.
3. Bot. Quitch grass.
Quick, v. t. & i. To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive. [Obs.]
adj 1: accomplished rapidly and without delay; "was quick to make
friends"; "his quick reaction prevented an accident";
"hoped for a speedy resolution of the problem"; "a
speedy recovery"; "he has a right to a speedy trial"
2: hurried and brief; "paid a flying visit"; "took a flying
glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit"
[syn: flying, fast]
3: moving quickly and lightly; "sleek and agile as a gymnast";
"as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot";
"the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs
before we could stop it" [syn: agile, nimble, spry]
4: apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity; "a
quick mind"; "a ready wit" [syn: ready]
5: performed with little or no delay; "an immediate reply to my
letter"; "prompt obedience"; "was quick to respond"; "a
straightaway denial" [syn: immediate, prompt, straightaway]
6: easily aroused or excited; "a quick temper"; "a warm temper"
n : any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as
the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)
adv : with little or no delay; "the rescue squad arrived
promptly"; "come here, quick!" [syn: promptly, quickly]