Bee asked in Home & GardenCleaning & Laundry · 1 decade ago

what does "wicks moisture" mean?

When shirts say wicks moisture, what does that mean?

8 Answers

  • paul
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    The wick in an oil lamp draws the oil from the bowl to the top of the cap where it is burned. The description of the oil being drawn up the wick is said to wick the oil. So a shirt that wicks moisture would draw that moisture from your body to itself. Some fabrics repel moisture, this attracts it.

  • 3 years ago

    What Does Moisture Mean

  • 5 years ago

    If Excessive sweating is your problem you'll find here very good tips:

    About 2%-3% of the general population experience excessive sweating a condition called hyperhidrosis which can occur with or without a trigger.

    The most common type is called primary (or focal) hyperhidrosis and it has no known cause, although it seems to run in families. You may have a different type of excessive sweating called secondary (or generalized) hyperhidrosis.

    This means that your symptoms may be due to an underlying medical condition or disease (e.g., nerve damage or a hormone disorder), or due to a side effect of a medication you are taking. Talk to your doctor.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago


    Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. Sweating helps the body stay cool. In most cases, it is perfectly natural. People sweat more in warm temperatures, when they exercise, or in response to situations that make them nervous, angry, embarrassed, or afraid.

    Excessive sweating occurs without such triggers. Persons with hyperhidrosis appear to have overactive sweat glands. The uncontrollable sweating can lead to significant discomfort, both physical and emotional. When excessive sweating affects the hands, feet, and armpits, it is called primary or focal hyperhidrosis. In most cases, no cause can be found. It seems to run in families.

    If the sweating occurs as a result of another medical condition, it is called secondary hyperhidrosis. The sweating may be all over the body or it may be in one area.

    In both cases you'll find on this site some good tips to solve your problem:

    I hope it helps

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  • 3 years ago

    Actually, it doesn t mean any of that. There is no such thing as the word "to wick." I first heard this made-up word in 2008, when it suddenly became impossible to find all-cotton socks in the stores. I was told that they had been replaced by socks made from synthetic fabrics which were effective at "wicking" away moisture. This was a marketing lie. No synthetic fabric is better than cotton at "breathing," or allowing moisture to evaporate through the clothing.

  • 1 decade ago

    it means that it will pick up sweat from the skin, and "wick" it to the outside of the shirt where it can evaporate. that way you dont catch a chill if you go running in the cold or something

  • hollow voids in fabric draw moisture to fill the voids. perhaps in physics this would fall into the friction studies.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it means it pulls moisture away from your skin, so if you sweat it doesn't sit on your skin, the fabric pulls it away and it disappears!

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