Definitions of quickening:
  • noun:   the process of showing signs of life
    Example: "The quickening of seed that will become ripe grain"
  • noun:   the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels movements of the fetus
  • noun:   the act of accelerating; increasing the speed

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