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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quickness \Quick"ness\, n. 1. The condition or quality of being quick or living; life. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Touch it with thy celestial quickness. --Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. Activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion; speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit. [1913 Webster] This deed . . . must send thee hence With fiery quickness. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His mind had, indeed, great quickness and vigor. -- Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. Acuteness of perception; keen sensibility. [1913 Webster] Would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience to an animal that must lie still ? --Locke [1913 Webster] 4. Sharpness; pungency of taste. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster] Syn: Velocity; celerity; rapidity; speed; haste; expedition; promptness; dispatch; swiftness; nimbleness; fleetness; agility; briskness; liveliness; readiness; sagacity; shrewdness; shrewdness; sharpness; keenness. [1913 Webster]