quickened, quickening, quickens verb, transitive
1. To make more rapid; accelerate.
2. To make alive; vitalize.
3. To excite and stimulate; stir.
4. To make steeper.
1. To become more rapid.
2. To come or return to life: "And the weak spirit quickens" (T.S. Eliot).
3. To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
- quick´ener noun
And yet a little tumult,
now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution,
a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.
Lord Byron (1788-1824), English poet. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3 (ed. by Leslie A. Marchand, 1973-81), entry for 22 Nov. 1813.
Books are the bees
which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
James Russell Lowell (1819-91), U.S. poet, editor. _Nationality in Literature_, in North American Review (July 1849), reviewing Longfellow's Kavanagh.
The true teacher defends
his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust.
He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will
have no disciple.
A. Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), U.S. educator, social reformer. Orphic Sayings, "The Teacher" (1840).