Origin of quicksandMiddle English quykkesand: see quick and sand
- Sand that is mixed with water in a collected mass and yields easily to pressure so that objects on its surface tend to sink and become engulfed.
- often quicksands A place or situation into which entry can be swift and sudden but from which extrication can be difficult or impossible: “This theory of the future entrapped [them] in the quicksands of Vietnam” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. )
Origin of quicksandMiddle English quyksond living sand quick, quyk living ; see quick . sand, sond sand ; see sand .
(countable and uncountable, plural quicksands)
From Middle English quyksande, from Old English cwecesand (“quicksand"), from Proto-Germanic *kwikwaz (“living, active") + Proto-Germanic *samdaz, *samdÄ… (“sand"), equivalent to quick (“living") +"Ž sand. Cognate with Dutch kwikzand (“quicksand"), German Quicksand (“quicksand"), Icelandic kwiksandur, kviksyndi (“quicksand"). More at quick, sand.
- Swiss Army exists to fortify your resources should you ever find yourself backpacking through Malaysia, wrestling jungle serpents, or stumbling into a unwelcoming pool of quicksand.
- In ground which is of the nature of quicksand, piles will often slowly rise to their original position after each blow.
- "The Delta," he exclaims, "shall become a plashy quicksand, a second Syrtis !
- As he rode, problems bobbed to the surface of his mind like driftwood released from quicksand – ready to be plucked from the surface and worked into something useable.
- " quicksand," loose water-logged sand, readily yielding to weight or pressure, and "quicksilver," the common name of the metal mercury.