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1. A cord or strand of loosely woven, twisted, or braided fibers, as on a candle or oil lamp, that draws up fuel to the flame by capillary action.
2. A piece of material that conveys liquid by capillary action.
tr. & intr.v. wicked (wĭkt), wick·ing, wicks
To convey or be conveyed by capillary action: water gradually wicking up through the bricks.

[Middle English wike, from Old English wēoce.]
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(Textiles) acting to move moisture by capillary action from the inside to the surface: wicking fabric.
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(ˈwɪk ɪŋ)

1. material for wicks.
2. the process whereby the fibers in a cloth garment draw perspiration away from the skin and up to the surface of the fabric, allowing the moisture to evaporate quickly.
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