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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


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 This soy option features a non-lead wick as well as a calming blend of lemon and eucalyptus. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 Each has a 12-ounce capacity and an approximate 4-hour burn time, along with a fiberglass wick. Use them in a grouping or spread them out for use as decorative accents around your space. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 There’s no substitute for ones that don’t fall down mid-workout, keep their shape, and wick sweat when needed. Johanna Flashman, SELF, 27 Apr. 2022 The fiery wick then ignites the fluid, creating a self-sustaining fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2022 Prosecutors said the homemade firebomb consisted of a five-gallon Scepter fuel tank filled with gasoline and pages from a Christian religious pamphlet that were used as a wick. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Feb. 2022 Mushrooming is one of the reasons that regular wick trimming is essential. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Maybe Karen Huger can hook Whitney up with her three-wick candlemaker to optimally fragrance all these cavernous Utah homes? Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 For example, the Inuit have a shallow oil lamp called a qulliq that has a wick running across the middle. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gusts also wick away remaining moisture that shrubs, grass and dead vegetation are holding onto, increasing the potential for flames to topple trees and spew embers in fire tornadoes. Hannah Hagemann, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2022 That same material also helps wick away moisture like a champ in even the hottest conditions. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 22 July 2022 This pick uses CoolMax fibers knitted into the blanket to wick away moisture, keeping you cool. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 22 June 2022 The Tuft & Needle Original pillow is infused with graphite and cooling gel to help wick away stuffy air and keep you cool overnight. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2022 Its pleated dri-fit tennis skirt and keyhole tank wick away moisture for a more comfortable win. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 8 June 2022 While cotton doesn't wick away moisture as successfully as synthetic fabrics, cotton lovers can still find cooler options. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 Use a cooling pillow, mattress, sheets, or mattress pad to help wick away body heat and moisture. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2022 This sheet uses activewear fabric to wick away moisture, which is ideal for sweaty sleepers. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for wick


\ 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


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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


transitive verb

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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