wick


1wick

noun \ˈwik\

: a string or piece of material in a candle or lamp that is lit for burning

Full Definition of WICK

:  a bundle of fibers or a loosely twisted, braided, or woven cord, tape, or tube usually of soft spun cotton threads that by capillary attraction draws up to be burned a steady supply of the oil in lamps or the melted tallow or wax in candles

Origin of WICK

Middle English weke, wicke, from Old English wēoce; akin to Old High German wiohha wick, Middle Irish figid he weaves
First Known Use: before 12th century

2wick

transitive verb

: to cause (fluid or moisture) to be pulled away from a surface (such as your skin)

Full Definition of WICK

:  to absorb or drain (as a fluid or moisture) like a wick <a fabric that wicks away perspiration>

First Known Use of WICK

1949

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