Pronunciation: (kwik), [key]
adj., -er, -est,
n., adv., -er, -est.

1. done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.; prompt; immediate: a quick response.
2. that is over or completed within a short interval of time: a quick shower.
3. moving, or able to move, with speed: a quick fox; a quick train.
4. swift or rapid, as motion: a quick flick of the wrist.
5. easily provoked or excited; hasty: a quick temper.
6. keenly responsive; lively; acute: a quick wit.
7. acting with swiftness or rapidity: a quick worker.
8. prompt or swift to do something: quick to respond.
9. prompt to perceive; sensitive: a quick eye.
10. prompt to understand, learn, etc.; of ready intelligence: a quick student.
11. (of a bend or curve) sharp: a quick bend in the road.
12. consisting of living plants: a quick pot of flowers.
13. brisk, as fire, flames, heat, etc.
14. Archaic.
a. endowed with life.
b. having a high degree of vigor, energy, or activity.

1. living persons: the quick and the dead.
2. the tender, sensitive flesh of the living body, esp. that under the nails: nails bitten down to the quick.
3. the vital or most important part.
4. Chiefly Brit.
a. a line of shrubs or plants, esp. of hawthorn, forming a hedge.
b. a single shrub or plant in such a hedge.
5. cut to the quick, to injure deeply; hurt the feelings of: Their callous treatment cut her to the quick.


Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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