wick·​ing | \ˈwi-kiŋ \

Definition of wicking 

: material for wicks

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Comfortable and moisture-wicking, Fits also promise to make contact with every part of your foot. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "Travel Wise | A travel expert’s go-to advice: Pack the right socks," 13 Nov. 2018 This industry, which now includes high-end pajamas, moisture-wicking bed linens, and extravagant gadgets, makes anywhere between $30 billion and $40 billion annually, according to the consulting company McKinsey. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 Recent design advances from brands like Los Angeles–based Cover take this into account with fabrics that are moisture-wicking and breathable—a far cry from older pieces that felt heavy and looked cumbersome. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "If You Hate Applying Sunscreen—And Getting Burned Anyway—Read This," 27 July 2018 Linen is known for its moisture-wicking and cooling properties. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "The right bedding can help you sleep soundly on hot summer nights," 29 May 2018 The three-layer coat has a wicking outer layer to facilitate evaporation, an absorbent middle layer, and soft, cooling fabric inside. The Editors, Outside Online, "Killer Deals on Camping Gear at Backcountry.com," 12 June 2018 Underneath, the performer wears a full-body wicking suit, a carbon-fiber head mount held in place by a soft urethane skin, knee and elbow pads, biking gloves, and a mouth guard. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "The Secret Life of Sven," 26 June 2018 Lighter colors and wicking fabrics are good choices. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Protect yourself from heat-related illness," 25 June 2018 There’s no special uniform required for log rolling—participants just wear any sort of water-wicking material, like swimsuits or running gear, explains Delaney, who favors Spandex running shorts and a sports bra herself. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About Log Rolling, the Unique Sport That’s Much Tougher Than It Looks," 8 May 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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