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Meaning of taper by Wiktionary Dictionary

taper


    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈteɪpə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈteɪpɚ/
    • Rhymes: -eɪpə( ɹ )
    • Homophone: tapir

    Etymology 1

    From Old English tapor ( “candle” ), apparently from Latin papyrus ( “wick of a candle” )

    Noun

    taper ( plural: tapers )

    1. A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light .
    2. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object
      the taper of a spire .
      The legs of the table had a slight taper to them .
    Derived terms
    • taperwise

    Etymology 2

    tape +‎ -er

    Noun

    taper ( plural: tapers )

    1. ( weaving ) One who operates a tape machine .
    2. Someone who works with tape or tapes .

    Anagrams

    • apert, apter, pater, petra, Petra, prate, preta, repat, trape


Explanation of taper by Wordnet Dictionary

taper


    Verb
    1. diminish gradually

    2. Interested tapered off
    3. give a point to

    4. The candles are tapered
    Noun
    1. stick of wax with a wick in the middle

    2. a loosely woven cord ( in a candle or oil lamp ) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame

    3. the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point ( as a wedge or cone )

    4. a convex shape that narrows toward a point



    Definition of taper by GCIDE Dictionary

    taper


    1. Taper n. [AS. tapur, tapor, taper; cf. Ir. tapar, W. tampr.]
      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. Taper 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. Taper, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tapered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tapering.] To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, “a sugar loaf tapers toward one end”.

    4. Taper, v. t. To make or cause to taper.