wick

wick

1 [wik]
noun
1.
a bundle or loose twist or braid of soft threads, or a woven strip or tube, as of cotton or asbestos, which in a candle, lamp, oil stove, cigarette lighter, or the like, serves to draw up the melted tallow or wax or the oil or other flammable liquid to be burned.
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English wicke, weke, Old English wice, wēoc(e); cognate with Middle Dutch wiecke, Middle Low German wêke, Old High German wiohha lint, wick (German Wieke lint); akin to Sanskrit vāgura noose

wickless, adjective
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wick

2 [wik]
noun Curling.
a narrow opening in the field, bounded by other players' stones.

Origin:
origin uncertain

wick

3 [wik]
noun
1.
British Dialect. a farm, especially a dairy farm.
2.
Archaic. a village; hamlet.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English wik, wich, Old English wīc house, village (compare Old Saxon wīc, Old High German wîch) < Latin vīcus village, estate (see vicinity); cognate with Greek oîkos house (see ecology, economy)

Wick

[wik]
noun
a town in the Highland region, in N Scotland: herring fisheries.
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wick1 (wɪk)
 
n
1.  a cord or band of loosely twisted or woven fibres, as in a candle, cigarette lighter, etc, that supplies fuel to a flame by capillary action
2.  slang (Brit) get on someone's wick to cause irritation to a person
 
[Old English weoce; related to Old High German wioh, Middle Dutch wēke (Dutch wiek)]
 
'wicking1
 
n

wick2 (wɪk)
 
n
archaic a village or hamlet
 
[Old English wīc; related to -wich in place names, Latin vīcus, Greek oîkos]

wick3 (wɪk)
 
adj
1.  lively or active
2.  alive or crawling: a dog wick with fleas
 
[dialect variant of quick alive]

Wick (wɪk)
 
n
a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)

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wick
"bundle of fiber in a lamp or candle," O.E. weoce, from W.Gmc. *weukon (cf. M.Du. wieke, Du. wiek, O.H.G. wiohha, Ger. Wieche), of unknown origin, with no known cognates beyond Gmc. To dip one's wick "engage in sexual intercourse" (in ref. to males) is recorded from 1958, perhaps from Hampton Wick,
rhyming slang for "prick," which would connect it rather to wick (2).

wick
"dairy farm," now surviving, if at all, as a localism in East Anglia or Essex, it was once the common O.E. wic "dwelling place, abode," then coming to mean "village, hamlet, town," and later "dairy farm" (e.g. Gatwick "Goat-farm"). Common in this latter sense 13c.-14c. The word is a general Gmc. borrowing
from L. vicus "village, hamlet" (see vicinity). Cf. O.H.G. wih "village," Ger. Weichbild "municipal area," Du. wijk "quarter, district," O.Fris. wik, O.S. wic "village."
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wick

royal burgh (town) and fishing port, Highland council area, historic county of Caithness, Scotland. An ancient Norse settlement on the North Sea, situated about 14 miles (23 km) south of John o'Groats, Wick developed as a fishing port and centre and was designated a royal burgh in 1589. It expanded rapidly during the herring boom of the 19th century. Since then herring fishing has declined and been replaced by the smaller whitefish industry. Several light manufacturing industries have been established, including the Caithness glass-blowing factory, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Wick Airport provides important links to cities to the south. Pop. (2001) 7,333.

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