"quickening" in the noun sense
the process of showing signs of life
"the quickening of seed that will become ripe grain"
the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
3. acceleration, quickening, speedup
the act of accelerating increasing the speed
"quickening" in the verb sense
1. accelerate, speed up, speed, quicken
"The car accelerated"
2. whet, quicken
make keen or more acute
"whet my appetite"
3. quicken, invigorate
give life or energy to
"The cold water invigorated him"
show signs of life
"the fetus quickened"
5. animate, recreate, reanimate, revive, renovate, repair, quicken, vivify, revivify
give new life or energy to
"A hot soup will revive me"
"This will renovate my spirits"
"This treatment repaired my health"
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