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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 quickening
 (a.)使活的,使復生的,使活潑的胎動

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 quickening 名詞
 胎動初感,胎動感

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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Quick·en·ing, n.
 1. The act or process of making or of becoming quick.
 2. Physiol. The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt by the mother, occurring usually about the middle of the term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be due to the fetus becoming possessed of independent life.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 quickening
      n 1: the process of showing signs of life; "the quickening of
           seed that will become ripe grain"
      2: the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels
         movements of the fetus
      3: the act of accelerating; increasing the speed [syn: acceleration,
          speedup]