from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wick of a candle.


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  • A candle-wick, collapsed in the pool of grease that filled the candle-sconce, showed how completely her last meditations had absorbed her.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • The OED has it s.v. candle-wick, but offers no suggestion as to the origin of the name, so "unaccountably" is the mot juste. W.G. SEBALD.

  • He showed Huck the fragment of candle-wick perched on a lump of clay against the wall, and described how he and Becky had watched the flame struggle and expire.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Notice the smoking candle-wick at the foot, and the motto which says that everything that is not of God is as smoke evanescent.

    A Wanderer in Venice

  • Before going to bed, I had taken it from my suitcase to trim a candle-wick, and had left it upon the bookstand.

    The Thing from the Lake

  • Dick lit what was left of the candle-wick as he spoke and placed it on the bench.

    The Rover Boys on the Plains The Mystery of Red Rock Ranch

  • Forty or more folk-names have been applied to it, mostly in allusion to its alleged curative powers, its use for candle-wick and funeral torches in the

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • But, see, of a sudden the light gathers to the candle-wick, which had stood helpless and useless, touches it, and it begins to shine with a light not its own.

    John the Baptist

  • One night he threw the snuff of a candle-wick on a fuse that he had arranged so that it would go off in the midst of the prayer.

    Memorials of a southern planter,

  • At such seasons they are alert for appropriating building materials that may have been fetched to hand by other birds; and they have already abstracted a piece of candle-wick from the bottom of my post-office.



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