Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Grown from cuttings planted directly into the ground
  • n. The cuttings used, or the hedge produced by this method

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made of quickset.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

quick, alive + set1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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

  • 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

  • Thistles here is also remarkable fine, and the land is also devided hoff by luxurient Stone Hedges — much more usefle and ickonomicle than your quickset or any of that rubbishing sort of timber: indeed the sile is of that fine natur, that timber refuses to grow there altogether.

    The diary of C. Jeames De La Pluche, Esq., with his letters

  • A quickset tongue, hedge-English: tough and insular, flowering and thorny...

    languagehat.com: ENGLISH SPEECH-CRAFT.

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