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wick

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noun \ˈwik\

Definition of wick

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of wick

Middle English weke, wicke, from Old English wēoce; akin to Old High German wiohha wick, Middle Irish figid he weaves


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wick

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Definition of wick

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to absorb or drain (a fluid, moisture, etc.) like a wick a fabric that wicks away perspiration

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First Known Use of wick

1949



WICK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wick for English Language Learners

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

wick

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Definition of wick for English Language Learners

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


WICK Defined for Kids

wick

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noun \ˈwik\

Definition of wick for Students

  1. :  a cord, strip, or ring of loosely woven material through which a liquid (as oil) is drawn to the top in a candle, lamp, or oil stove for burning


Medical Dictionary

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wick

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noun \ˈwik\

Medical Definition of wick

  1. :  a strip of material (as gauze) placed in a wound to serve as a drain


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wick

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Medical Definition of wick

  1. :  to absorb or drain (as fluid or moisture) like a wick—often used with away a dry gauze dressing was used to wick exudate away from the wound



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