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wick \wick\, v. i. (Curling) To strike a stone in an oblique direction. --Jamieson. [1913 Webster]
wick \wick\ (w[i^]k), or Wich \Wich\ (w[i^]ch), n. [AS. w[imac]c village, fr. L. vicus. In some names of places, perhaps fr. Icel. v[imac]k an inlet, creek, bay. See Vicinity, and cf. Villa.] [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
(Curling) A narrow port or passage in the rink or course, flanked by the stones of previous players. [1913 Webster]
wick \wick\ (w[i^]k), 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. [1913 Webster] But true it is, that when the oil is spent The light goes out, and wick is thrown away. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wick

Noun

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

English

Etymology

weke, wicke; wēoce

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. In the context of "usually of fabric or paper": Something that transports liquid by capillary action, usually a woven string, cord, or strap
  2. In the context of "especially on a candle, kerosene heater or oil lamp": The porous cord that delivers liquid fuel to the base of the flame for conversion to gases for burning.
    Trim the wick fairly short, so that the flame does not smoke.
  3. A shot where the played stone touches a stationary stone just enough that the played stone changes direction.

Derived terms

Translations

something that transports liquid by capillary action
the porous cord that delivers liquid fuel to the base of the flame for conversion to gases for burning
a shot where the played stone touches a stationary stone just enough that the played stone changes direction

Adjective

Verb

  1. To transmit liquid by capillary action
    The fabric wicks perspiration away from the body.
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wick in German: Wick
wick in French: Mèche
wick in Dutch: Wick
wick in Norwegian: Wick
wick in Russian: Вик
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