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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


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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

The wick is cotton, and when lit, the candles are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, "Candle creations light the way to empowerment for adults with disabilities," 22 Aug. 2019 The company even advertises them as shoes that can be worn sockless; wool naturally regulates the temperature of your feet and wicks away moisture, keeping your feet comfy and dry. Wired, "Allbirds Steps Into Apparel with Sustainable Socks," 13 Aug. 2019 Le Labo's candles, Santal 26 included, are hand-poured individually in Mississippi and made with a vegan soy wax and pure cotton wick. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Candle You'll Find Everywhere in Taylor Swift's House, According to Lover Secret Sessions Attendees," 5 Aug. 2019 Then, in the late 1980s, a series of events lit the wick of a global yearning for Provence. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 Because the Honeywell is an evaporative humidifier (as opposed to an ultrasonic model), the water is pushed through a wick filter. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Country Living, "The Honeywell HCM350W Humidifier Is Single-Handedly Helping Me Survive the Winter," 12 Feb. 2019 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 Each tin candle in the trio set is made with essential oils, a coconut wax blend, and natural wicks for a clean, robust burn with every light. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "All The Candles That Are on Sale During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 20 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Adidas Believe This High-Rise ⅞ Tights ($42, originally $60; adidas.com): These high-rise leggings hold you in, in all the right places, while wicking away moisture and providing ventilation thanks to the mesh panels. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "Get 30% off sitewide at Adidas, now through Sept. 3," 28 Aug. 2019 There are also mattresses and pillows advertised with cooling elements like gel or moisture-wicking fabric. Erin Delmore, NBC News, "Is your partner ruining your sleep? Here's how to fix it," 21 Aug. 2019 These Dickies tees wick away sweat and are super durable. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Things You Need to Beat the Heat," 17 July 2019 Most people stick with synthetic socks that wick away moisture, although some opt for wool. John Meyer, The Know, "Important things to know when climbing a fourteener in Colorado," 11 July 2019 More commonplace examples include Uniqlo, which has been successful with its Heattech and Airism underlayers, and a number of brands making shirts meant to offer the comfort and sweat-wicking properties of athletic wear. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Sony has made an in-shirt air conditioner," 25 July 2019 The cleaning cloth holder carried a few ounces of water for the cloth to wick away, and that was it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Roomba gets an all-new design, companion mop-bot," 29 May 2019 Made with cooling and sweat-wicking micro mesh fabric, the breathable underwear dries within nine hours, which is twice as fast as a standard pair of THINX, and has the capacity to absorb one and a half tampons. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "THINX Is Launching Quick Drying Period Proof Underwear," 22 May 2019 For moisture management, choose moisture-wicking quick-drying materials. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019

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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)

US : 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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