Definition of taper in English:

taper

Syllabification: ta·per
Pronunciation: /ˈtāpər
 
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verb

1Diminish or reduce or cause to diminish or reduce in thickness toward one end: [no object]: the tail tapers to a rounded tip [with object]: David asked my dressmaker to taper his trousers
More 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.
Synonyms
narrow, thin (out), come to a point, attenuate
1.1 [no object] Gradually lessen: the impact of the dollar’s depreciation started to taper off
More 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.
Synonyms
decrease, lessen, dwindle, diminish, reduce, decline, die down, peter out, wane, ebb, slacken (off), fall off, let up, thin out

noun

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1A slender candle.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
1.2A gradual narrowing: the current industry standard taper of 5 degrees
More 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.

Origin

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.

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