• (now chiefly Northern England) The European rowan, Sorbus aucuparia. [from 15th c.]


  • (transitive, now literary) To give life to; to animate, make alive, revive. [from 14thc.]
  • (intransitive) Of a pregnant woman: to first feel the movements of the foetus, or reach the stage of pregnancy at which this takes place; of a foetus: to begin to move. [from 16thc.]
  • (shipbuilding) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper.

    "to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced"

  • (intransitive) To take on a state of activity or vigour comparable to life; to be roused, excited. [from 15thc.]
  • (intransitive) To become faster. [from 17thc.]

    "My heartbeat quickened when I heard him approach."

  • (intransitive, now literary) To come back to life, receive life. [from 14thc.]
  • (transitive) To make quicker; to hasten, speed up. [from 17thc.]

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