|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|1.||to make or become faster; accelerate: he quickened his walk; her heartbeat quickened with excitement|
|2.||to impart to or receive vigour, enthusiasm, etc; stimulate or be stimulated: science quickens man's imagination|
|3.||to make or become alive; revive|
|4.||a. (of an unborn fetus) to begin to show signs of life|
|b. (of a pregnant woman) to reach the stage of pregnancy at which movements of the fetus can be felt|
quicken quick·en (kwĭk'ən)
v. quick·ened, quick·en·ing, quick·ens
To become more rapid.
To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
The initial signs of fetal life felt by the mother as a result of the movements by the fetus.