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quickening

 [kwik´en-ing]
the first perceptible movement of the fetus in the uterus, appearing usually in the sixteenth to eighteenth week of pregnancy.

quick·en·ing

(kwik'ĕn-ing),
Signs of life felt by the mother as a result of fetal movements, usually appearing 16-20 weeks into pregnancy.
[A.S. cwic, living]

quickening

/quick·en·ing/ (kwik´en-ing) the first perceptible movement of the fetus in the uterus.

quickening

(kwĭk′ə-nĭng)
n.
The initial signs of fetal life felt by the mother as a result of movement by the fetus.

quickening

[kwik′(ə)ning]
Etymology: ME, quic, living
the first feeling by a pregnant woman of movement of her baby in utero, usually occurring between 16 and 20 weeks of gestation.

quickening

Obstetrics A subjective sensation experienced by the mother during early pregnancy, that occurs around the 16th gestational wk. See Bonding. Cf Lightening.

quick·en·ing

(kwik'ĕn-ing)
Signs of life felt by the mother as a result of the fetal movements, usually first noted at 17 to 20 weeks of pregnancy.
[A.S. cwic, living]

quickening

Perception by the mother-to-be of movements of the fetus in the womb. In first pregnancies this is usually noticed around the 20th week, but, with experience, quickening may be recognized as early as the 16th week.
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At first, it was a sort of stupefaction; but every moment was quickening her perception of the horrible evil.
He felt a sudden stiffening of his will and quickening of his reserve.
The God of Day Impartial, quickening with his ray Evil and good alike, beheld The carcass--and the carcass swelled
Perhaps it may be that my mind is wrought To a fever* by the moonbeam that hangs o'er, But I will half believe that wild light fraught With more of sovereignty than ancient lore Hath ever told-or is it of a thought The unembodied essence, and no more That with a quickening spell doth o'er us pass As dew of the night-time, o'er the summer grass?
The one, that the tooth of usury be grinded, that it bite not too much; the other, that there be left open a means, to invite moneyed men to lend to the merchants, for the continuing and quickening of trade.