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Meaning of WICK

Pronunciation:  wik

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

WICK is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Wick\, v. i. (Curling)
    To strike a stone in an oblique direction. --Jamieson.