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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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The silky, stretchy fabric wicks away sweat, while the three-inch tall waist band hits at just the right spot on your waist. Locke Hughes, NBC News, "The best workout leggings, according to fitness professionals," 20 June 2019 By early summer, the vegetation will serve as a dangerous fuel wick that could rapidly bring any fire into larger shrubs, trees, homes and businesses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t let your landscaping become a fire risk," 7 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Made with cooling and sweat-wicking micro mesh fabric, the breathable underwear dries within nine hours, which is twice as fast as a standard pair of THINX, and has the capacity to absorb one and a half tampons. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "THINX Is Launching Quick Drying Period Proof Underwear," 22 May 2019 For moisture management, choose moisture-wicking quick-drying materials. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019 Instead, opt for hiking socks made from materials like wool or synthetics made to wick away moisture and ease friction. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 Other land researchers and environmentalists want farmers to reduce use of underground pipes that wick water and its contents away from fields. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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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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