Quickening vs Lightening - What's the difference?

quickening | lightening |


As verbs the difference between quickening and lightening

is that quickening is while lightening is .

As nouns the difference between quickening and lightening

is that quickening is an increase of speed while lightening is (medicine) the sensation caused by the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity before the onset of labour.

quickening

English

Verb

(head)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • An increase of speed.
  • * 1861 , United States. War Dept, U.S. Infantry Tactics (page 124)
  • If the following guide lose his distance from the one leading (which can only happen by his own fault), he will correct himself by slightly lengthening or shortening a few steps, in order that there may not be sudden quickenings or slackenings in the march of his platoon.
  • The action of bringing someone or something to life.
  • The first noticable movements of a foetus during pregnancy, or the period when this occurs.
  • Stimulation, excitement (of a feeling, emotion etc.).
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • It may indeed be said that these days brought on a high quickening of Maisie's direct percptions, of her sense of freedom to make out things for herself.

    lightening

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (medicine) The sensation caused by the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity before the onset of labour
  • (nautical) The removal of cargo (especially crude oil) from a vessel in order to reduce its draft