- When the ends of a piece of rope thin out and become much thinner then the middle, this is an example of a time when the rope tapers.
- When your interest in pottery begins to decline, this is an example of a time when your interest tapers off.
- a wax candle, esp. a long, slender one
- a long wick coated with wax, used for lighting candles, lamps, etc.
- any feeble light
- a gradual decrease in width or thickness: the taper of a pyramid
- a gradual decrease in action, power, etc.
- something that tapers
Origin of taperMiddle English ; from Old English tapur, probably by dissimilation ; from Classical Latin papyrus (see paper): from use of papyrus pith as wick
- to decrease gradually in width or thickness
- to lessen; diminish
- to become smaller gradually toward one end
- to diminish or stop gradually
- A small or very slender candle.
- A long wax-coated wick used to light candles or gas lamps.
- A source of feeble light.
- a. A gradual decrease in thickness or width of an elongated object.b. A gradual decrease, as in action or force.
verbta·pered, ta·per·ing, ta·pers
- To become gradually narrower or thinner toward one end.
- To diminish or lessen gradually. Often used with off: The storm finally tapered off.
- To make thinner or narrower at one end.
- To make smaller gradually.
Origin of taperMiddle English, from Old English tapor, possibly ultimately from Latin papyrus, papyrus (sometimes used for candlewicks); see paper.
- A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
- 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.
- A thin stick used for lighting candles, either a wax-coated wick or a slow-burning wooden rod.
(third-person singular simple present tapers, present participle tapering, simple past and past participle tapered)
From Middle English taper, from Old English tapor (“taper, candle, wick of a lamp"), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Latin papyrus (“papyrus", used in Mediaeval times to mean "wick of a candle"), or of Celtic origin related to Irish tapar (“taper"), Welsh tampr (“a taper, torch"). Compare Sanskrit [script?] (tÃ¡pati, “(it) warms, gives out heat; to be hot; to heat"). More at tepid.
- (weaving) One who operates a tape machine.
- Someone who works with tape or tapes.
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