- 1Diminish or reduce in thickness towards one end: [no object]: the tail tapers to a rounded tip [with object]: David asked my dressmaker to taper his trousers (as adjective tapering) the five tapering fingers of her handMore example sentences
- Their fur is lighter and less dense than European wild cats, and their tails are thin and tapering.
- Most blades are uniformly thick along their length, but some are tapered towards the heel.
- The long, tapering, full-coated tail is carried lower than the body but does not trail.
- 1.1 [no object] (taper off) Gradually lessen: the impact of the dollar’s depreciation started to taper offMore example sentences
- The dosage ranges from using the inhaler intensively for 5 minutes 24 to 48 times a day gradually tapering off after 3 months.
- Gradually the spray tapered off to a trickle of hot water, then finally a stream of drips.
- Individuals should gradually taper off caffeine.
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- 1A slender candle: he lit the tapers in the silver candelabraMore example sentences
- Many people may feel that formal candles, such as tapers, are commonplace necessities for a sophisticated dinner party.
- Inside the wreath, place a large candle or several tapers.
- Five ancient and rust spotted iron candelabras held six lit, midway burned taper candles in black.
- 1.1A wick coated with wax, used for conveying a flame.More example sentences
- While she was gone a menial came by to light the ceiling lamps, a touch with a burning taper on the end of a pole and the gas wicks glowed to life.
- The food's good too, of course, especially the mince pies and the pudding, but doesn't it all taste so much better when you turn down the lights and put a taper to the candles?
- "Ok," He shrugged, handing me a taper to light one of the little candles with.
- 2A gradual narrowing: the strong taper of her back [mass noun]: a small degree of taperMore example sentences
- The micropipette was pulled manually to a gradual taper to ease insertion into the tissue.
- Minimal hand-carving blended the narrow taper of the leg into the foot turning and created the semblance of a carved cabriole leg at low cost.
- Visual observation suggested the presence of a strong taper in most of the studied taproots.
Old English (denoting any wax candle), dissimilated form (by alteration of p- to t-) of Latin papyrus (see papyrus), the pith of which was used for candle wicks.