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Dictionary Definition



1 a convex shape that narrows toward a point
2 the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
3 a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame [syn: wick]
4 stick of wax with a wick in the middle [syn: candle, wax light]


1 diminish gradually; "Interested tapered off"
2 give a point to; "The candles are tapered" [syn: sharpen, point]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP /ˈteɪpə/
  • italbrac US /ˈteɪpɚ/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪpə(r)


Etymology 1

From tapor ‘candle’, apparently from papyrus ‘papyrus’, later ‘wick of a candle’.


  1. A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
  2. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.
    The legs of the table had a slight taper to them.
slender wax candle
tapering form


  1. Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; as, taper fingers.


  1. To make thinner or narrower at one end.
  2. To diminish gradually.
Derived terms
make thinner or narrower
to dimish gradually

Etymology 2

From tape.


  1. In the context of "weaving": One who operates a tape machine.
  2. Someone who works with tape or tapes.




  1. to slap, knock


See also



  1. a loser


  1. present tense of tape (to lose)
  2. present tense of tape (to tape)

Extensive Definition

Taper may refer to:
Taper as a surname:
taper in German: Taper

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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