Definition of

Taper

  1. (noun, artifact) stick of wax with a wick in the middle
  2. (noun, artifact) a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
  3. (noun, attribute) the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
  4. (noun, shape) a convex shape that narrows toward a point
  5. (verb, change) diminish gradually
  6. (verb, change) give a point to

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Synonyms of Taper

candle, point, sharpen, wax light, wick

Origin of the word Taper

  1. O.E. tapur, taper "candle," not found outside Eng., possibly a dissimilated borrowing from L. papyrus (see papyrus), which was used in M.L. and some Romance languages for "wick of a candle" (e.g. It. papijo "wick"), since these often were made from the pith of papyrus. Cf. also Ger. kerze "candle," from O.H.G. charza, from L. charta, fr… more

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