What does the word quickening mean?

Usage examples for quickening

  1. He forgot the constraint of their last meeting in Florence, and remembered only the happy interchange of ideas and emotions that had been one of the quickening influences of his youth. – The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton
  2. The minute seemed long, while, with a quickening pulse, she was on the stretch to catch every sound. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  3. It was a night for dreams, and he thought with a quickening heart of the nights that were coming when they two would be alone once more among the hills, no longer starved and fleeing for their lives, but wandering happily together in an enchanted world where the past was all forgotten, and the future gleamed like the peaks of Paradise. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell

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