wick

noun
\ˈwik \

Definition of wick 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

wick

verb
wicked; wicking; wicks

Definition of wick (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Buff’s headwear wicks moisture and provides UV protection on long, sunny sessions. Outside Online, "The Best Running Accessories of 2018," 15 May 2018 As the soil dries out, water will travel up the wick to replenish the moisture. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "4 Ways To Water Plants While You're Away On Vacation," 30 June 2017 The fireworks are sold as hard plastic toys, but have wicks in their horns and tails, the (Concord) Independent Tribune reported. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "They look like My Little Pony, but they could explode on your child, firefighters warn," 2 July 2018 These props with wicks include fire poi, hula hoops, staffs, fans, and swords. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "FemPyre lights up Fort Worth with their art of fire performing," 28 June 2018 Some folks are lighting the wick early on Fourth of July, there's a pickle-eating competition at a brewery and a fashion show on a bridge. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 25-July 1," 25 June 2018 Be sure to also ditch any vintage candles left over from holidays past: many contain lead wicks. Gina Tomaine, Good Housekeeping, "13 Best Natural Candles You'll Actually Be Proud To Gift This Year," 10 Nov. 2017 The material purportedly imparts antimicrobial properties and wicks away heat, keeping feet fresh and cool. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "The Quirkier Uses of Graphene," 16 May 2018 The lightweight polyester is buttery against your skin and wicks away moisture. Outside Online, "The Best Bike Jerseys of 2018," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ventilated front seats are a first for the Mazda6, wicking away warm air for added comfort on hot summer days. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018 The 100 percent poly knit incorporates TNF’s FlashDry tech to wick and dry fast and has an antimicrobial treatment to battle funk. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "The Best Budget Tank Tops for Men," 19 June 2018 The city stress and the busyness of our lives began wicking away. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Camping without the hassle: New service rents you all the gear you need, plus the car," 21 May 2018 Compression straps help stabilize the load, and a moisture-wicking lumbar pad helps keep your back dry during steamy hikes to remote waterfalls. Michael Calore, WIRED, "2 Eco-Friendly Backpacks for Your Anywhere Adventures," 9 July 2018 The facade of is built from a grid of wooden squares that have been insulated in a gore-tex foil that wicks water and protects from wind. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This modular prefab home is powered by the sun," 28 June 2018 These slip-on sandals have hemp footbeds that wick sweat from your feet. Blanca Myers, WIRED, "From Mats to Hoodies, 9 Ways to Elevate Your Yoga Practice," 24 June 2018 All options feature a sweat-wicking polyester/spandex blend, and all sell for under $40. Ruqaya Izzidien, Outside Online, "Fatimah Hussein Is America's Sports Hijab Pioneer," 6 June 2018 Today, wicking garments are made from a variety of artificial materials that are engineered almost to the molecular level. Matt Gross, WSJ, "The Best Shirts and Shorts for Keeping Sweaty Runners Dry," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of wick

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wick

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

wick

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wick (Entry 2 of 2)

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

wick

noun
\ˈwik \

Kids Definition of wick

: 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

wick

noun
\ˈwik \

Medical Definition of wick 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of wick (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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