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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.