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Pronunciation:  kw'ikuning

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of accelerating; increasing the speed
  2. [n]  the process of showing signs of life; "the quickening of seed that will become ripe grain"
  3. [n]  the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels movements of the fetus

QUICKENING is a 10 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: acceleration, speedup
 See Also: biological process, degree, gestation, hurrying, level, organic process, point, pregnancy, speed, speeding, stage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Quick"en*ing\, n.
1. The act or process of making or of becoming quick.

2. (Physiol.) The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt
   by the mother, occurring usually about the middle of the
   term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be
   due to the fetus becoming possessed of independent life.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: First perception of fetal movements usually between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Quickening is the first perception of fetal movement in pregnancy which often is at about 18 to 20 weeks of gestation for first a pregnancy and at about 14 to 16 weeks of gestation for a subsequent pregnancy.