wicking

noun
wick·ing | \ˈwi-kiŋ \

Definition of wicking 

: material for wicks

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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 This technological phenomenon, known as wicking, has been commercially available in running gear since the 1980s. Matt Gross, WSJ, "The Best Shirts and Shorts for Keeping Sweaty Runners Dry," 7 June 2018 This headband pretty much does it all: it’s moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and odor-resistant. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The Only Headband That Actually Keeps Sweat Out of My Face During Workouts," 18 May 2018 Be sure to bring moisture-wicking base layers, an insulating layer and a waterproof outer layer to keep you dry and cozy. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Tips for exploring Alaska’s wilderness trails," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of wicking

1846, in the meaning defined above

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