• The sea-maiden with a wicked face
    The sea-maiden with a wicked face
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wick a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
    • n wick any piece of cord that conveys liquid by capillary action "the physician put a wick in the wound to drain it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." This legendary book is now known as the "Wicked Bible."
    • n wick wĭk A bundle of fibers, or a loosely twisted or braided cord, tape, or tube, usually made of soft spun cotton threads, which by capillary attraction draws up a steady supply of the oil in lamps, the melted tallow or wax in candles, or other material used for illumination, in small successive portions, to be burned. "But true it is, that when the oil is spent
      The light goes out, and wick is thrown away."
    • wick (Curling) A narrow port or passage in the rink or course, flanked by the stones of previous players.
    • wick A street; a village; a castle; a dwelling; a place of work, or exercise of authority; -- now obsolete except in composition; as, bailiwick, Warwick, Greenwick .
    • v. i wick (Curling) To strike a stone in an oblique direction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed "wickies" because they tended the lamps wick
    • n wick In horticulture, a pea-vine, of a set being bred for earliness, which continues to grow above instead of promptly maturing the lower pods.
    • n wick A number of threads of cotton or some spongy substance loosely twisted together or braided, which by capillary action draws up the oil in lamps or the melted tallow or wax in candles in small successive portions to be burned; also, a piece of woven fabric used for the same purpose.
    • n wick A town; village: a common element in placenames, as in Ber wick (AS. Berwīc), War wick(AS. Werewīc), Gree nwich (AS. Grēnewīc, Grēnawīc), Sand wich (AS. Sandwīc).
    • n wick A district: occurring in composition, as in baili wick, constable wick, sheriff wick, shire wick.
    • n wick A creek, inlet, or bay. Scott, Pirate, xix.
    • n wick A salt-spring; a brine-pit.
    • n wick A small dairy-house.
    • wick To strike (a stone) in an oblique direction: a term in curling
    • n wick A corner; especially, one of the corners of the mouth.
    • wick Bad; wicked; false: with reference to persons.
    • wick Bad; wretched; vile: with reference to things.
    • wick Unfavorable; inauspicious; baneful.
    • wick Quick; alive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The wick of a trick candle has small amounts of magnesium in them. When you light the candle, you are also lighting the magnesium. When someone tries to blow out the flame, the magnesium inside the wick continues to burn and, in just a split second (or two or three), relights the wick.
    • n Wick wik a creek.
    • v.t Wick wik in curling, to strike a stone in an oblique direction.
    • n Wick wik the twisted threads of cotton or other substance in a candle or lamp which draw up the inflammable liquid to a flame.
    • adj Wick wik (prov.) quick, alive
    • n Wick a lively person
    • n Wick wik a village or town, as in Berwick, Greenwich.
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  • John Donne
    “Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.”
  • Pittacus
    “That state is best ordered when the wicked have no command, and the good have.”
  • Bible
    “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.”
  • Aristotle
    “Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive.”


No peace for the wicked - Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No rest for the wicked' is also used.)
No rest for the wicked - Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No peace for the wicked' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wicke, weyke, weke, AS. weoca, or wecca,; cf. D. wiek, a roll of lint, Prov. G. wicke, and wieche, OHG. wiohha, Sw. veke, Dan. væge,; of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wíc—L. vicus, a village.


In literature:

She would tell him of wicked Loki too, the deceiver and cunning plotter against the peace of heaven.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
If you say, 'Miss Todd, I think you're too wicked for me,' I shall understand it.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
It is that the wicked prosper for a time only.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She did not think how very wicked it was to deceive her mother, just to escape, perhaps, a severe rebuke for her carelessness.
"Proud and Lazy" by Oliver Optic
His face was tired and white, but not wicked, and there was an almost girlish beauty about it.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Mr. Grant, more desirous of reforming the wicked girl than of anything else, consulted Mr. Long.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
As the people of the earth grew to be many more and spread over the plains and hills, they also grew very wicked.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
It is the people of God, not the wicked, who covenant.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
She did not think how very wicked it was to deceive her mother, just to escape, perhaps, a severe rebuke for her carelessness.
"Careless Kate" by Oliver Optic
And the naughty old Woman said a wicked word about that too.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He said the world was as wicked as a sick dream, and my heart grew cold in the sunshine.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
So Richard kissed his mother and sisters and ran out, and the first person he met was his wicked uncle, the Duke of Gloucester.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
After you left me a wicked enchantress came by this way and changed me into this shape.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
It is very wrong of you, and very wicked.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
The next morning the wicked sister, as she sat idling by the stove, took a fancy for some strawberries.
"Laboulaye's Fairy Book" by Various
But here are wicked garnets living with wicked mica.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I do not understand what is the use of the wick of a candle, since the hydrogen gas burns so well without it?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The wicked dwarfs had spread the report that the wise man had choked by reason of his great wisdom.
"Told by the Northmen:" by E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
I don't think you'd be so wicked.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
You didn't know what a wicked uncle you had.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Good children, list, if you're inclined,
And wicked children too -
This pretty ballad is designed
Especially for you.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
That even the wicked shall at last
Be fitted for the skies
And when their dreadful doom is past
To life and light arise.
"A Word To The Calvinists" by Anne Bronte
The wicked shall sink down to hell;
Thy wrath devour the lands
That dare forget thee, or rebel
Against thy known commands.
"Psalm 9 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Thou art a God, before whose sight
The wicked shall not stand;
Sinners shall ne'er be thy delight,
Nor dwell at thy right hand.
"Psalm 5" by Isaac Watts
"There is no God," the wicked saith,
"And truly it's a blessing,
For what He might have done with us
It's better only guessing."
"There Is No God, the Wicked Sayeth" by Arthur Hugh Clough
While men grow bold in wicked ways,
And yet a God they own,
My heart within me often says,
"Their thoughts believe there's none."
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Something wicked this way comes.
David Riley/for Daily News and Wicked Local.
Possible Broadway hits and misses eventually make their way to us here in Hawaii, most notably the upcoming "Wicked" production opening Thanksgiving weekend in Honolulu.
Shane Gerardi/for the Daily News and Wicked Local.
South Coast Repertory's 'The Prince of Atlantis' Is Wicked Nice.
Suspend Wicks Law in disaster zones.
Slow traffic from Wicks Rd.
The two teams will face off in the opening weekend of the season at Wickes Stadium.
Wicked Local Photo By David Sokol.
YouTube's quick wick of fame.
Margaret Floyd of Youngstown submitted this picture taken at Wick Park last month.
' Wick ' Wickens III.
Wick scores OT goal in Saints' 4-3 win over Broncos.
Developer buys Wick Building downtown.
Hey Air Wick , Don't rush it.

In science:

Positive representations of general commutation relations allowing Wick ordering, J.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
Okounkov, Young basis, Wick formula, and higher Capel li identities, Internat.
Combinatorial formula for Macdonald polynomials, Bethe Ansatz, and generic Macdonald polynomials
The canonical stress-energy tensor of the Klein-Gordon field on AdS is identified as a z -dependent generalized Wick product of the boundary field.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
The interaction part of the action is an integral over AdS of some Wick polynomial in the AdS field.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
It is clear how this construction generalizes to higher Wick polynomials, and also to multi-local fields such as (: ϕ(x1 )ϕ(x2 ) :)h .
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Generalized Wick polynomials belong to the Borchers class of the generalized free field consisting of the relatively local Wightman fields defined on the same Hilbert space.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Br¨uning, A new class of Wick powers of generalized free fields, J.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Alternatively one can derive Eq. (36) by treating the quark fields as free and using Wick theorem.
Virtual Compton scattering in the generalized Bjorken region and positivity bounds on generalized parton distributions
This result can be obtained for instance from the Wick theorem.
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
Gaussian integration for < TrH 2m > can be explicitly performed through Wick’s theorem.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
Let us in this context also recall the definition of the Wick products.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces
Since Ω is cyclic and separating for A(HR ), these Wick products exist and are uniquely determined.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces
Again, Wick products will play a role in this context.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces
In particular, in general there is no relation between Wick polynomials W (d⊗n) and the orthogonal polynomials with respect to the distribution of p(d).
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces
Note that in (*) there is only one term involving a Wick polynomial on n f ’s.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces