material for wicks.

1840–50; wick1 + -ing1

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1 [wik]
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)
to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.

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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wick1 (wɪk)
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)]

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

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

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

wicking (ˈwɪkɪŋ)
acting to move moisture by capillary action from the inside to the surface: wicking fabric

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Word Origin & History

"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).

"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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Example sentences
Its natural water-resistance and moisture-wicking properties keep you warm and dry.
Your long underwear is your moisture-wicking layer of clothing, which is responsible for keeping you warm and dry.
Wear a three-layer system with moisture-wicking, synthetic materials.
For short trips of one to two days, one base layer of thermal wicking underwear
  is sufficient.
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