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Meaning of TAPER

Pronunciation:  'teypur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  stick of wax with a wick in the middle
  2. [n]  a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
  3. [n]  the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
  4. [n]  a convex shape that narrows toward a point
  5. [v]  diminish gradually; "Interested tapered off"
  6. [v]  give a point to; "The candles are tapered"

TAPER is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: candle, point, sharpen, wax light
 See Also: acuminate, candlewick, change form, change shape, convex shape, convexity, cord, decrease, deform, diminish, fall, fizzle, fizzle out, kerosene lamp, kerosine lamp, lamp, lessen, narrowing, oil lamp, peter out, point, pointedness, rush candle, rushlight, taper, taper off, unpointedness, vigil candle, vigil light, wick



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ta"per\, n. [AS. tapur, tapor, taper; cf. Ir. tapar, W.
    1. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a
       small light.
             Get me a taper in my study, Lucius.   --Shak.
    2. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an
       elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.
  2. \Ta"per\, a. [Supposed to be from taper, n., in allusion
    to its form.]
    Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward
    one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.
  3. \Ta"per\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tapered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf
    tapers toward one end.
  4. \Ta"per\, v. t.
    To make or cause to taper.