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wick1 / wik/ • n. a strip of porous material up which liquid fuel is drawn by capillary action to the flame in a candle, lamp, or lighter. ∎  Med. a gauze strip inserted in a wound to drain it. • v. [tr.] absorb or draw off (liquid) by capillary action: these excellent socks will wick away the sweat | [intr.] synthetics with hollow fibers that wick well. PHRASES: dip one's wick vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse. wick2 • n. 1. [in place names] a town, hamlet, or district: Hampton Wick Warwick. 2. Brit., dial. a dairy farm.

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Wick, town (1991 pop. 7,770), Highland, N Scotland, on Wick Bay at the mouth of the Wick River. The town consists of the villages of Louisburgh, Old Wick, and Pulteneytown. It is an important port for whitefish. Tourism is economically important; the area's famous glass-blowing factory is an attraction.

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wick2 †dwelling; (dial.) town, hamlet OE.; farm XI. OE. wīc = OS. wīc (Du. wijk quarter, district, ward), OHG, wīh (G. in weichbild municipal area), Goth. weihs; prob. Gmc. — L. vīcus row of houses, quarter of a town, street, village, cogn. with Gr. oîkos house.

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wick1 bundle of fibre by which a flame is kept supplied with fat. OE. wēoc (in candelwēoc), wēoce, corr. to MDu. wiecke (Du. wiek), MLG. wēke, OHG. wíohha (G. wieche), of unkn. orig.

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wickartic, brick, chick, click, crick, dick, flick, hand-pick, hic, hick, kick, lick, mick, miskick, nick, pic, pick, prick, quick, rick, shtick, sic, sick, slick, snick, spic, stick, thick, tic, tick, trick, Vic, wick •alcaic, algebraic, Aramaic, archaic, choleraic, Cyrenaic, deltaic, formulaic, Hebraic, Judaic, Mishnaic, Mithraic, mosaic, Pharisaic, prosaic, Ptolemaic, Romaic, spondaic, stanzaic, trochaic •logorrhoeic (US logorrheic), mythopoeic, onomatopoeic •echoic, heroic, Mesozoic, Palaeozoic (US Paleozoic), Stoic •Bewick •disyllabic, monosyllabic, polysyllabic, syllabic •choriambic, dithyrambic, iambic •alembic •amoebic (US amebic) •aerobic, agoraphobic, claustrophobic, homophobic, hydrophobic, phobic, technophobic, xenophobic •cherubic, cubic, pubic •Arabic, Mozarabic •acerbic • apparatchik • dabchick •peachick

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