Definitions for: Wick


[n] a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
[n] any piece of cord that conveys liquid by capillary action



Webster (1913) Definition: Wick, or Wich Wich, n. [AS. w[=i]c village, fr. L.
vicus. In some names of places, perhaps fr. Icel. v[=i]k an
inlet, creek, bay. See Vicinity, and cf. Villa.]
1. A street; a village; a castle; a dwelling; a place of
work, or exercise of authority; -- now obsolete except in
composition; as, bailiwick, Warwick, Greenwick. --Stow.

2. (Curling) A narrow port or passage in the rink or course,
flanked by the stones of previous players.


Wick, n. [OE. wicke, weyke, weke, AS. weoca or wecca; cf.
D. wiek a roll of lint, Prov. G. wicke, and wieche, OHG.
wiohha, Sw. veke, Dan. v[ae]ge; of uncertain origin.]
A bundle of fibers, or a loosely twisted or braided cord,
tape, or tube, usually made of soft spun cotton threads,
which by capillary attraction draws up a steady supply of the
oil in lamps, the melted tallow or wax in candles, or other
material used for illumination, in small successive portions,
to be burned.

But true it is, that when the oil is spent The light
goes out, and wick is thrown away. --Spenser.


Wick, v. i. (Curling)
To strike a stone in an oblique direction. --Jamieson.

Synonyms: taper

See Also: candle, candlewick, cord, kerosene lamp, kerosine lamp, oil lamp, wax light

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