wick

noun
\ ˈwik How to pronounce wick (audio) \

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

Examples of wick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Robinson was accused of breaching the fence and entering the building before lighting the wick to an object held by another person, who then threw it with the intent to start a fire or fuel an existing fire. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 8 June 2021 All of these candles are lead-free and have a 100% cotton wick that will burn easily. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 The 26-ounce triple wick candle lives in a glossy Hunter green votive with gold artwork that will add a pop of color to any room. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 20 May 2021 Not only do the four wicks offer excellent throw, but the wick's wood construction and unique shape also create a subtle crackling noise. Kelsey Mulvey, Southern Living, 12 May 2021 Infuse your space with the glow of this gorgeous Casaluna four-wick candle, which is waaaay cheaper than most candles this size. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 23 Mar. 2021 Those in the first group view life span as a candle wick that can burn for only so long. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 This will melt the wax from the bottom, rather than lighting the wick from the top. Chris Hachey, BGR, 20 Apr. 2021 Three-wick candles are firmly among our favorite things to buy these days, and this simple option from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia is perfect for those who love the farmhouse chic décor aesthetic. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first is vapour cooling, with a large surface area next to the motherboard to wick the heat away. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 4 June 2021 This skirt is designed to wick away sweat while providing a comfortable, secure fit. Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2021 These crisp white sneakers – this summer-perfect lime green colorway dropped this month – are machine washable, stain-resistant, and wick away moisture and odors with aloe vera liners. Katie Chang, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Using a blend of breathable materials—Tencel fibers and Supima cotton—these sheets are designed to wick away moisture and promote airflow to keep the surface of your bed cool and crisp all night long. Jillian Mueller, Health.com, 4 May 2021 Even socks that wick away moisture and sweat need washing sometimes. Outdoor Life, 11 Mar. 2021 Chic home decor brand Bunglo showcases its super stylish prints with these soft organic cotton masks that wick away moisture. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Select base layers for shirts and pants that wick moisture away. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, 26 Feb. 2021 The top layer is a cooling Tencel cover with fibers that wick moisture more effectively than standard cotton. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wick. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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)

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

wick

noun
\ ˈwik How to pronounce wick (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wick (audio) \

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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