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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


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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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After the light cleans the water, the wick filters the air. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Country Living, "The Honeywell HCM350W Humidifier Is Single-Handedly Helping Me Survive the Winter," 12 Feb. 2019 Burning all four wicks of the Holiday Grand will fill your home with notes of evergreen, red currant, and juniper berry. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What A $500 Candle Looks Like," 7 Dec. 2018 Each tin candle in the trio set is made with essential oils, a coconut wax blend, and natural wicks for a clean, robust burn with every light. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "All The Candles That Are on Sale During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 20 July 2018 Evaporative: For this type, a fan draws air through a wet wick or filter and the vapor is released into the air. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 Note: Arrange a test pot to make sure your wick works well. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Water Plants While You're Away on Vacation," 22 Aug. 2018 These three-wick cult favorite candles smell as pretty as their packaging looks. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "7 Fall Candles Under $60," 16 Nov. 2018 Asbestos was crucial to ancient Greek society, where the stuff was used within pottery, napkins, insulation, clothing, and even symbolic eternal flames within temples dedicated to Greek gods, which would burn slowly on asbestos wicks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 The quarter height keeps dirt and debris out, while Merino wool wicks moisture, stops odors, and prevents slipping or blisters. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Best Kids’ Hiking Shoes & Gear," 22 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ridge Merino Inversion Midweight Crew Merino Wool Base Layer ($65) Transition from a hike to a long car ride without the stink with this moisture-wicking 100 percent merino base layer. Janna Irons, Outside Online, "Essential Gear for Road-Trip Season," 23 Apr. 2018 Compared to textured cotton towels, the fibers are much smaller and finer, actively wicking water away without causing friction. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This $30 Aquis Towel Completely Saved My Hair Color," 10 Dec. 2018 Polyester manages moisture best by wicking water away from the skin and drying quickly. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "The Definitive Guide to Running in the Rain," 24 Apr. 2018 When that happens, the solder will wick into the joint. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Biggest Plumbing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)," 14 Jan. 2019 Players will certainly layer their apparel more rigorously for cold contests, with fleece turtlenecks a popular option and plenty of sweat-wicking cold-weather gear to keep players dry. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 The Georgia Tech team, however, discovered that the papillae actually curve backward toward the throat, enabling them to exploit surface tension to wick up water via capillary action—the same way plants absorb water from soil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 Bamboo sheets are naturally resistant to bacteria and are able to wick away moisture. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Step 3: Use a Desiccant Use a desiccant to wick away any leftover moisture. Joel Johnson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Save Your Wet Cellphone…with Rice!," 3 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of wick


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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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



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

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


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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


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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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