\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


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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Very dry or smoky air can wick moisture away from your eyes, too. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Why Your Eyes Get So Damn Dry—and How to Fix It," 14 Aug. 2018 Thick cross-back straps limit bounce for A to C cups, and sweat-wicking mesh fabric prevents chafing. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "Women's Training Essentials for Busy 9-to-5ers," 7 May 2018 Instead, choose wool (merino wool won't be itchy) or wicking polyester socks designed for hiking. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping," 14 Dec. 2015 Like heat pipes, the vapor chamber helps wick heat from the Snapdragon 845 and disperses it over a larger surface area in the phone, which should, in theory, better aid in dissipation. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better," 10 Oct. 2018 Avoid cotton, which absorbs moisture like a sponge, and invest instead in a moisture-wicking fabric like polyester, nylon or Lycra. Whowhatwear.com, The Seattle Times, "The 5 pieces you need for running," 16 July 2018 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

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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)

: 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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