1. The condition or quality of being quick or living; life. [Obs.]
Touch it with thy celestial quickness. --Herbert.
2. Activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion; speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit.
This deed . . . must send thee hence
With fiery quickness. --Shak.
His mind had, indeed, great quickness and vigor. -- Macaulay.
3. Acuteness of perception; keen sensibility.
Would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience to an animal that must lie still ? --Locke
4. Sharpness; pungency of taste.
Syn: -- Velocity; celerity; rapidity; speed; haste; expedition; promptness; dispatch; swiftness; nimbleness; fleetness; agility; briskness; liveliness; readiness; sagacity; shrewdness; shrewdness; sharpness; keenness.
n 1: skillful performance or ability without difficulty; "his
quick adeptness was a product of good design"; "he was
famous for his facility as an archer" [syn: adeptness,
adroitness, deftness, facility]
2: intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct
responses without delay [syn: mental quickness, quick-wittedness]
3: a rate that is rapid [syn: celerity, rapidity]