taper Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a convex shape that narrows toward a point
noun the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
noun a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
noun stick of wax with a wick in the middle
wax light; candle.
verb diminish gradually
- Interested tapered off
verb give a point to
- The candles are tapered
A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
Get me a taper in my study, Lucius. Shak.
A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the. taperof a spire
EtymologySupposed to be from
Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as,. taperfingers
Ta"per intransitive verb
To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf. taperstoward one end
Ta"per transitive verb
To make or cause to taper.