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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

Examples of wick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Adam Ferrise reports police said the man, who gave his address as in Beachwood, was driving a car with Texas license plates, and inside was a bottle of nail polish remover with a wick hanging out, as well as a lighter. cleveland, "Cleveland City Council votes to tackle racism as public health crisis: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 4, 2020," 4 June 2020 Made with a premium paraffin wax and 100 natural-fiber wicks, these candles burn between 65 to 75 hours. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Get massive savings at Yankee Candle with this rare discount code," 30 May 2020 The Frosted Balsam candle has notes of balsam, spruce and holly, and features three wicks. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Hallmark Recalls 4,500 Candles After Reports of Glass Jars Shattering," 26 Dec. 2019 The candles in question are scented, green, and have three wicks. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Check Your Candles! This Hallmark Candle Is Getting Recalled For Fire and Laceration Hazards," 24 Dec. 2019 Each student held a candle and passed around the flame until all wicks were lit. Cincinnati.com, "'Not able to say goodbye': Valedictorians lament loss of graduation speeches, rituals," 21 May 2020 Many candles have metal wicks, which are vaporized along with smoke and can cause similar lung damage. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "How to improve your respiratory health in case you get Covid-19," 6 May 2020 LEDs provided nourishing light, and wicks, taking advantage of the surface tension of water, guided water to the roots. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Red Space Lettuce Might Feed Red Planet Astronauts," 6 Mar. 2020 As an evaporative humidifier, which blows a fan across a saturated wick filter to diffuse moisture quickly, the Honeywell produces invisible water vapor. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "After A Month of Testing, I’m Convinced This Honeywell Humidifier Works Best to Reduce Dry Air," 27 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The helmet-lining mask with fleece interior featuring flat-seam construction and fast-dry technology to wick away sweat. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Amazon’s ‘Big Style Sale’ offering deals on face masks," 25 June 2020 The eggs naturally want to float, but the paper towel will wick the marinade up to keep them covered in marinade. Dallas News, "Potato salad celebration: 4 recipes for your next socially-distanced picnic," 17 June 2020 The dehumidification mode can wick moisture out of stuffy, sticky air at an impressive rate of 4.75 pints per hour, making this unit a great option for restoring comfort to a room quickly. Popular Science, "Four window air conditioners for a cooler, happier indoor space," 8 June 2020 Moisture-Wicking Materials The weather can be unpredictable and wearing water-wicking materials will keep you cool and dry in unexpected downpours. Shelby Hyde, Essence, "The Dos And Dont's Of Protest Clothing," 8 June 2020 According to the website description, Lululemon's Wunder Train High-Rise shorts are ideal for training and are constructed from the brand's techiest moisture-wicking Everlux fabric. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "I Tried Lululemon Bike Shorts To See If They’re Worth The Hype," 20 May 2020 This boiling wicked away heat, cooling the mud until its crust froze. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Mud volcanoes on Mars hint at ancient water reservoirs," 21 May 2020 And rightly so — the bamboo rayon material for the sheets promises softness and durability while also regulating body temperature and wicking away moisture. Christie Griffin, CNN Underscored, "Get more sleep in 2020: Top-rated bedding, devices and more," 23 Jan. 2020 Price: $100 Made with a soft-knit fabric, these tights will keep you cool and comfortable with the sweat-wicking technology. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "Nike sale: Get new running shoes and exercise clothes for socially distant workouts," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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“Wick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wick. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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 awaya dry gauze dressing was used to wick exudate away from the wound

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