Definition of quick time in US English:

quick time


  • Marching that is conducted at about 120 paces per minute.

    • ‘The regimental marches are Men of Harlech in slow time and The Rising of the Lark in quick time.’
    • ‘These various movements will be executed by the same commands and according to the same principles as in quick time, except that the command double quick will precede that of march.’
    • ‘When the left of the old guard is clear of the ground on which it stood, the guard will break into quick time, and the new guard will shoulder arms.’
    • ‘The senior drum major orders the Massed Bands to march and countermarch in slow and quick time.’
    • ‘Following the inspection the troops moved off in quick time and returned past the reviewing stand for Comdt. Mulhare to take the salute.’


quick time

/ˈkwik ˌtīm/