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wicking

[wik-ing] /ˈwɪk ɪŋ/
noun
1.
material for wicks.
Origin of wicking
1840-1850
1840-50; wick1 + -ing1

wick1

[wik] /wɪk/
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
Related forms
wickless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for wicking
Historical Examples
  • The titmouse took the cotton and would have taken the wicking, I think, if it had not been fastened in too tight for her.

    A-Birding on a Bronco Florence A. Merriam
  • The men worked by the light of torches, which were often merely catsup jugs with wicking in the necks.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • These can then be caulked with oakum, cotton-batting, or wicking, or something of that nature.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • Work a brass ring with the blanket stitch, using a strand of the wicking and sew it to one of the corners.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • Pass the wicking back and forth around the nails first on one side and then the other.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • The wicking was cut twice the length of the candle and doubled over a stick made for the purpose and then twisted together.

  • A piece of wicking is drawn into the tube so that the upper end is within 1/4 in.

  • At the same time, the wicking incursions, intermitted for nearly a century, once more recommenced with the same vigour as of old.

    Early Britain Grant Allen
  • Tie a slip knot in the end of the wicking and slip it over one of the corner nails.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • She thrust the wicking into the coals, and on the iron stalk a flame-flower sprang into huge blossom.

British Dictionary definitions for wicking

wicking

/ˈwɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
acting to move moisture by capillary action from the inside to the surface: wicking fabric

wick1

/wɪk/
noun
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.
(Brit, slang) get on someone's wick, to cause irritation to a person
Derived Forms
wicking, noun
Word Origin
Old English weoce; related to Old High German wioh, Middle Dutch wēke (Dutch wiek)

wick2

/wɪk/
noun
1.
(archaic) a village or hamlet
Word Origin
Old English wīc; related to -wich in place names, Latin vīcus, Greek oîkos

wick3

/wɪk/
adjective (Northern English, dialect)
1.
lively or active
2.
alive or crawling: a dog wick with fleas
Word Origin
dialect variant of quick alive

Wick

/wɪk/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for wicking

wick

n.

"bundle of fiber in a lamp or candle," Old English weoce, from West Germanic *weukon (cf. Middle Dutch wieke, Dutch wiek, Old High German wiohha, German Wieche), of unknown origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. To dip one's wick "engage in sexual intercourse" (in reference to males) is recorded from 1958, perhaps from Hampton Wick, rhyming slang for "prick," which would connect it rather to wick (n.2).

"dairy farm," now surviving, if at all, as a localism in East Anglia or Essex, it was once the common Old English wic "dwelling place, lodging, 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 Germanic borrowing from Latin vicus "group of dwellings, village; a block of houses, a street, a group of streets forming an administrative unit" (see vicinity). Cf. Old High German wih "village," German Weichbild "municipal area," Dutch wijk "quarter, district," Old Frisian wik, Old Saxon wic "village."

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