1A strip of porous material up which liquid fuel is drawn by capillary action to the flame in a candle, lamp, or lighter.
- He took his lighter from his pocket and flicked it, and touched the small steady butane flame to the wick of the candle.
- One of them is preparing the candles - or, more precisely, oil lamps and wicks - that my wife lights before Shabbat arrives.
- We are running short of other items as well: wicks for candles, herbs and medicines, thread and yarn for mending, and nearly anything small, metal, and commonly-used.
1.1 Medicine A gauze strip inserted in a wound to drain it.
- Once the external auditory canal has been cleansed as much as possible and a wick inserted if swelling is severe, topical antibacterial therapy should be started.
- If swelling of the ear canal makes it difficult to give the drops, your child's doctor may insert a cotton wick into the canal to help carry the medicine inside the ear.
- Day after day, I nursed the wound, looking forward to healing, but pus continued to drain from the incision site, helped by the wick that I had thoughtfully inserted.
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Absorb or draw off (liquid) by capillary action: these excellent socks will wick away the sweat [no object]: synthetics with hollow fibers that wick well
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- Both of these fabrics use the natural wicking ability of wool to pull moisture away from your body to keep you dry and comfortable.
- The new race clothing utilizes moisture wicking fabrics for under layers and lightweight Lycra race suits.
- Moisture wicking fabrics will help evaporation and keep you cooler than heavier fabrics that retain heat.
1(In place names) a town, hamlet, or district: Hampton Wick Warwick
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- The town of Wick is just a few miles south of John O'Groats.
- We are indeed neighbours of the Drs Cox's and residents of the beautiful village of Wick where our family can be traced to the 1760's.
- The discount foodstore chain, which has stores in Thurso and Wick, are to hold an open day on Friday, June 24, to give the public the opportunity to discuss the proposed development and sample some of their products.
Old English wīc 'dwelling place', probably based on Latin vicus 'street, village'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
mid 18th century: variant of quick.