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: 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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wicked; wicking; wicks

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
The butter arrived in a column with a wick that was lit to melt it. Eleni N. Gage, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Jan. 2024 These boxer briefs from Nike live up to their name with a comfortable fit that wicks away sweat to keep you feeling cool and fresh all day long. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2024 That’s where workers stand on either side of a slow-moving conveyor belt pulling at wicks with bent needle-nose pliers, straightening them out and centering them before the candles move on to be lidded, labeled and packed up for shipment. Lauren Weber, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2024 The heat from the lamp warms your scented candle’s wax so the aroma is released without reducing any of the wax (like with lighting the wick). Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024 These devices use a fan that blows air through a moist wick filter; as the water evaporates it’s pushed out of the humidifier as a water vapor. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Feb. 2024 The natural, breathable fabric wicks away sweat and combats odor, making this underwear great for travel. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2024 The blend of materials and a wool base helps the sock improve temperature control, eliminate odors, and wick moisture away from your skin. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Homesick candles are made of natural soy wax with cotton wicks, and are free from plastics, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023
Made from a blend of polyester, spandex, and nylon, these socks are specifically designed to wick away sweat from your kiddo’s feet, leaving them cool and comfortable. Maya Polton, Parents, 28 Mar. 2024 But if the padding is damp, moisture laden with remnants of that deep stain will wick to the surface as the carpet fibers dry. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 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, 7 Jan. 2024 And, like most of Lululemon’s tops, this one dries super fast and wicks away sweat. Staff Author and Katie Jackson Published, Travel + Leisure, 26 Dec. 2023 At the same time, the unglazed terracotta foot allows water to wick back up into the soil as needed. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Mar. 2024 They are designed to wick away moisture and provide all-day comfort. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 For surfers, the material provides rash guard-style protection, and it's made with a breathable fabric that wicks away moisture and is quick-drying. Becca Blond, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2024 Other features of overnight diapers include higher coverage in the front and back, extra-strong fasteners, and additional layers of material that wick away moisture. Sarah Bradley, Parents, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History



Middle English weke, wicke, from Old English wēoce; akin to Old High German wiohha wick, Middle Irish figid he weaves

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wick was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wick. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a cord, strip, or ring of loosely woven material through which a liquid (as wax or oil) is drawn to the top in a candle, lamp, or oil stove for burning


2 of 2 verb
: to absorb or drain (as a fluid or moisture) like a wick
fabric that wicks away sweat

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a strip of material (as gauze) placed in a wound to serve as a drain


2 of 2 transitive verb
: 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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