Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Cuttings or slips of a plant suitable for hedges.
  • noun A hedge consisting of these plant cuttings or slips.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Made of quickset.
  • noun A living plant set to grow, particularly for a hedge; hawthorn planted for a hedge.
  • To plant with living shrubs or trees for a hedge or fence: as, to quickset a ditch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A living plant set to grow, esp. when set for a hedge; specifically, the hawthorn.
  • adjective Made of quickset.
  • transitive verb To plant with living shrubs or trees for a hedge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a hedge, etc. Grown from cuttings planted directly into the ground
  • noun The cuttings used, or the hedge produced by this method

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines
  • adjective grown from cuttings planted directly in the ground

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[quick, alive + set.]

Examples

  • For instance, in recommending a certain kind of quickset fence, he insists upon it as one of its advantages -- that it will not readily ignite under the torch of the mischievous wayfarer: "Naturale sepimentum," says he, "quod obseri solet virgultis aut spinis, _praetereuntis lascivi non metuet facem_."

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 572, October 20, 1832

  • They were at some little distance from the big flower garden, and the path that led to them was heavily shaded by shrubbery on one side, and on the other by a hedge which, though "quickset" as a foundation, was now a mass of honeysuckle and everlasting peas.

    Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls

  • They were at some little distance from the big flower-garden, and the path that led to them was heavily shaded by shrubbery on one side, and on the other by a hedge which, though "quickset" as a foundation, was now a mass of honeysuckle and everlasting peas.

    Six to Sixteen A Story for Girls

  • For instance, in recommending a certain kind of quickset fence, he insists upon it, as one of its advantages, that it will not readily ignite under the torch of the mischievous wayfarer: "Naturale sepimentum," says he, "quod obseri solet virgultis aut spinis,

    The Caesars

  • (You may note that Billy Russell himself had a beard like a quickset hedge, and I reckon he took Raglan's order as a personal insult.)

    The Sky Writer

  • There shall be, as it were, a quickset hedge of trees and bushes, close, close around your tomb.

    John Gabriel Borkman

  • There shall be, as it were, a quickset hedge of trees and bushes, close, close around your tomb.

    John Gabriel Borkman

  • The first care of the two unspilt friends was to extricate their unfortunate companions from their bed of quickset — a process which gave them the unspeakable satisfaction of discovering that they had sustained no injury, beyond sundry rents in their garments, and various lacerations from the brambles.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • Indeed, in the midst of the fields, even a hovel may have a certain grace derived from the pure air, the verdure, the open country — a hill, a serpentine road, vineyards, quickset hedges, moss-grown thatch and rural implements; but poverty in

    Le Colonel Chabert

  • Indeed, in the midst of the fields, even a hovel may have a certain grace derived from the pure air, the verdure, the open country — a hill, a serpentine road, vineyards, quickset hedges, moss-grown thatch and rural implements; but poverty in

    Le Colonel Chabert

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