The definition of wick is the waxy cord that is lit in a candle or oil lamp.noun
An example of wick is the white cord in the center of a candle on which the flame burns.
To wick is to pull or absorb liquid.verb
An example of to wick is the action of a paper towel absorbing a spill.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ME wicke < OE weoca, akin to Ger wieche, wick yarn < IE base *weg-, to weave: see veil
Origin: ME wik < OE wic, akin to MHG wich, village < early WGmc borrowing < L vicus, group of houses: see eco-
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- A cord or strand of loosely woven, twisted, or braided fibers, as on a candle or oil lamp, that draws up fuel to the flame by capillary action.
- A piece of material that conveys liquid by capillary action.
Origin: Middle English wike, from Old English wēoce.