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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quick*kwɪk(adj. and adv.; n.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity:

    a quick response.

  2. completed in a short time:

    a quick shower.

  3. moving with speed:

    a quick fox.

  4. easily provoked or excited:

    a quick temper.

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  5. keenly responsive; lively; acute:

    a quick wit.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. acting with swiftness or rapidity:

    a quick worker.

  7. prompt or swift in doing, perceiving, or understanding:

    quick to respond; a quick eye.

  8. (of a bend or curve) sharp:

    a quick bend in the road.

  9. brisk, as fire, flames, or heat.

  10. Archaic. endowed with life. having a high degree of energy or activity.

  11. (n.)living persons:

    the quick and the dead.

  12. the tender, sensitive flesh of the living body, esp. that under the nails.

  13. the vital or most important part.

  14. (adv.)quickly.

* Syn: quick , fast , swift , rapid describe a speedy rate of motion or progress. quick applies particularly to an action or reaction that is almost instantaneous, or of brief duration: to take a quick look refers to a person or thing that acts or moves speedily; when used of communication or transportation, it suggests a definite goal and continuous movement: a fast swimmer; a fast train.swift , a more formal word, suggests great speed as well as graceful movement: The panther is a swift animal. rapid applies to one or a series of actions or movements; it stresses the rate of speed: to perform rapid calculations. See also sharp.Usage: The difference between the adverbial forms quick and quickly is frequently stylistic. quick is informal, more often used in short spoken sentences, esp. imperative ones: Come quick! The roof is leaking. quickly is the usual form in writing, both in the preverb position (We quickly realized that attempts to negotiate would be futile) and following verbs other than imperatives (She turned quickly and sat down). See also slow, sure.

Origin of quick:

bef. 900; ME quik lively, moving, swift; OE cwic, cwicu living; c. G queck, keck, ON kvikr


Princeton's WordNet

  1. adeptness, adroitness, deftness, facility, quickness(noun)

    skillful performance or ability without difficulty

    "his quick adeptness was a product of good design"; "he was famous for his facility as an archer"

  2. mental quickness, quickness, quick-wittedness(noun)

    intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay

  3. celerity, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speediness(noun)

    a rate that is rapid


  1. quickness(Noun)

    rapidity of movement or activity; agility or dexterity

    The quickness of the hand deceives the eye.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quickness(noun)

    the condition or quality of being quick or living; life

  2. Quickness(noun)

    activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion; speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit

  3. Quickness(noun)

    acuteness of perception; keen sensibility

  4. Quickness(noun)

    sharpness; pungency of taste


  1. Quickness

    Quickness is the fourth full-length studio album by hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains. At the time of its release, it was the best selling Bad Brains album and also featured an MTV video for the lead-off track "Soul Craft" directed by Paul Rachman who later went on to produce and direct the feature documentary American Hardcore. Drummer Earl Hudson, though pictured on the cover, is absent, with the drum parts instead being performed by Mackie Jayson of the Cro-Mags. In an interview with MTV, guitarist Dr. Know said that the album's title comes from urgency and swiftness. The album was a crossover release that contained elements of several genres, including funk, hip hop, heavy metal, punk, and reggae, which made a notable return after being absent from 1986's I Against I. It is also the band's most controversial release, containing lyrics that some claim were homophobic. More specifically, the song "Don't Blow Bubbles" had lyrics that were generally interpreted as being homophobic and suggesting that AIDS was God's cure for homosexuality. When asked about the song, guitarist Dr. Know said that "We wrote that song as kind of an angry warning to homosexuals. We didn't really mean to insult them, but a lot of people we knew seemed to be living with their eyes closed." In a 2007 interview where bassist Darryl Jenifer called their previous homophobic views "ignorant" he was asked about the song and the furor over the lyrics and replied "They don't understand that we've grown. Just like anyone, I'm not ashamed to say, “Maybe I could have been…” Damn right, I was a homophobe! I shouldn't have to explain that to the world because everyone will do that. That's wisdom. You have to grow to be wise."

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