quick·en /ˈkwɪkən/ 不及物動詞
Quick·en, v. i.
1. To come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened; hence, to exhibit signs of life; to move, as the fetus in the womb.
The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies. -- Ray.
And keener lightnings quicken in her eye. --Pope.
When the pale and bloodless east began
To quicken to the sun. --Tennyson.
2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened.
Quick·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. quickened p. pr. & vb. n. Quickening.]
1. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead. --Shak.
Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize. -- South.
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.
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.
Syn: -- To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify; refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate; expedite; dispatch; speed.
v 1: move faster; "The car accelerated" [syn: accelerate, speed
up, speed] [ant: decelerate]
2: make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite" [syn: whet]
3: give life or energy to; "The cold water invigorated him"
4: show signs of life; "the fetus quickened"
5: give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me";
"This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired
my health" [syn: animate, recreate, reanimate, revive,
renovate, repair, vivify, revivify]